Division of Neurological, Psychiatric and Brain Research Research and Development Grants for Dementia


Key Fields Psychiatric & Neurological Disorders
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, Nonclinical Study/Pre-clinical Study, Clinical Trials, Post Marketing, None
Division of Neurological, Psychiatric and Brain Research Research, Department of Research Promotion
TEL: +81-3-6870-2222

In an advancing super-aged society, the number of dementia sufferers is expected to continue to increase in the future, and the development of effective measures is an important public health concern in Japan. Currently, no simple and minimally invasive method for making an objective diagnosis of dementia is available, and thus making a differential diagnosis of dementia is difficult. Furthermore, therapeutic and prophylactic methods have not been established nor standardized sufficiently. In these circumstances, we promote intensive research focusing on the five aspects of dementia: “clarification of actual condition," “prevention," “diagnosis," “treatment" and “care."

We will promote a research program that embodies the following policies set forth in the “comprehensive strategy to promote dementia management measures (new orange plan)": “clarification of the respective pathological conditions of diseases leading to dementia and the mechanism that causes behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)," “research and development into methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating dementia and dementia rehabilitation and nursing care models, and promotion of sharing of the results of such research and development," “enhancement of early-onset dementia management measures," and “gathering and utilizing a large variety of information to produce big data and developing a scheme that enables residents and industrial sectors to make concerted efforts to promote initiatives as a region-wide program."


Management and Evaluation Framework

PS (Program Supervisor)
  • Yukihiko WASHIMI, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Director of the Hospital National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology
PO (Program Officer)
  • Koji HORI M.D., Ph.D., Specially-appointed Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, St.Marianna University School of Medicine
  • Kunihiro YOSHIDA M.D., Ph.D., Specially-appointed Professor, Shinshu University


Last updated 2017.7.7