Press Release: Socioeconomic disparities may exist in “improvement” of care needs

Airi Amamiya, a visiting researcher, has published a press release on a paper published in BMC Public Health.

Possible socioeconomic disparities in the “improvement” of care needs
– Longer education is twice as likely to improve as shorter education – (PDF, in Japanese)

It is known that there is a possibility of improvement in the condition of the elderly even after they require long-term care. This study found that those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are less likely to improve their condition after needing care. This suggests that there is a socioeconomic disparity in the improvement of care needs. There is a need to focus on supporting those who are in a socioeconomically disadvantaged position.

Amemiya A, Kondo N, Saito J, Saito M, Takagi D, Haseda M, Tani Y, Kondo K. Socioeconomic status and improvement in functional ability among older adults in Japan: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health. 2019 Feb 19;19(1):209. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6531-9. PMID: 30782149; PMCID: PMC6381753.

Media Release: JAGES – Possible Disparity in Social Activity and Improvement in Care Needs (Weekly Health and Sanitation News)

An article about researcher Airi Amemiya’s paper was published in the Weekly Health and Sanitation News.

Weekly Public Health News
No. 2108 (May 3/10, 2021)
JAGES – Possible Disparities in Social Activity and Improvement in Care Needs (57) (Table of Contents only, in Japanese)

Amemiya A, Saito J, Saito M, Takagi D, Haseda M, Tani Y, Kondo K, Kondo N. Social Capital and the Improvement in Functional Ability among Older People in Japan: A Multilevel Survival Analysis Using JAGES Data. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Apr 12;16(8):1310. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081310. PMID: 31013681; PMCID: PMC6518128.

Webinar Report: Resilience to Health Crises and Turning Crises into Opportunities – Novel Coronavirus Infections and Natural Disasters (JAGES)

On May 14, the Japan Agency for Gerontological Evaluation and Research (JAGES) hosted a webinar-style symposium titled “Resilience to Health Crises and Turning Crises into Opportunities: Novel Coronavirus Infections and Natural Disasters.

Assistant Professor Goryu Sato gave a presentation on “The impact of the new coronavirus infection on the lives and health of the elderly”.

Naoki Kondo presented “Learning from the Kumamoto Earthquake”.

JAGES Symposium on Disaster and Health Risk Management (WHO Kobe Center, in Japanese)

Symposium Outline (PDF, in Japanese)

Outline of the Symposium
Organizer: Japan Agency for Gerontological Evaluation and Research (JAGES)
Supported by: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Cabinet Office, Government Policy Director-General for Disaster Management (in charge of disaster prevention), Japan Agency for Medical Care and Development (AMED) (in alphabetical order)

Date and Time: Friday, May 14, 2021, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: Zoom
Participation fee: Free
Target audience: Local government officials, researchers, and individuals interested in health and longevity initiatives, and companies interested in industry-government-academia collaboration for the realization of a healthy society with longevity.

Report: Assistant Professor Inoue speaks at twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association

On May 25, 2021, Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue spoke at a twitter live hosted by the American Heart Association.

He was selected as a speaker for the twitter live because he published a paper in Hypertension in 2020 and the paper was selected as a High Impact Paper for Fall 2020.

Inoue K, Goldwater D, Allison M, Seeman T, Kestenbaum BR, Watson KE. Serum Aldosterone Concentration, Blood Pressure, and Coronary Artery Calcium: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Hypertension. 2020 Jul;76(1):113-120. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.15006. Epub 2020 May 18. Erratum In: Hypertension. 2021 Mar 3;77(3):e34. PMID: 32418495.

Click here to visit Kosuke Inoue’s website.

Announcement: 2021 Osaka Public Health Seminar(12th): Social Determinants of Health in Japan

The Osaka Public Health Seminar: Social Determinants of Health in Japan will be held again this year.
Dr. Naomi Kondo will be speaking at the seminar on August 9.

[Date] August 7(Sat), 8(Sun), 9(Mon), 2021
[Venue] Multimedia Hall, 1st Floor, Center for Biomedical Innovation, Osaka University Suita Campus

Monday, August 9, 12:00 – 12:45 Lecture 16
Social prescribing  Naoki KONDO (Kyoto University)

If you are not a faculty member or a student of Osaka University, you can participate only via web (Zoom).
1. If you wish to participate, please register using the registration form.
Deadline for registration : Sunday, July 18, 2021
Click here for the detailed program.
The URL and ID for joining Zoom will be sent to you by e-mail the day before each day. Registration Form URL:

Report: Lecture at Online Event (Special Research Student, Kanamori)

On December 13, 2020, Mariko Kanamori, a special research student, gave a lecture on “The Curious Relationship between Gender Norms and Mental Health: An Invitation to Social Epidemiology Research” at an online event on veterinarian work style reform.

The event was also introduced in the magazine “Clinical Veterinary Medicine” (in Japanese).

Clinical Veterinarian, June 2021 issue
Seminar Report
A Seminar on “Reforming the Work Styles of Veterinarians Starting from Here: The Future Envisioned by Animal Girls
Chigako Tani

I believe that an environment that is friendly to animals can also be friendly to people. It is important to create an environment where people can feel free to discuss their concerns.

Mariko Kanamori’s website is here.

Award: Young Investigator Excellence Award (Assistant Professor Haseda, Japan Primary Care Association)

Maho Haseda, Assistant Professor, has received the 2021 Young Investigator Excellence Award from the Japan Primary Care Association. The award ceremony was held online on June 13, 2021.

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Japan Primary Care Association
Dates: Live Streaming May 21 (Fri.) – 23 (Sun.), 2021 / On-demand Streaming May 21 (Fri.) – July 21 (Wed.), 2021 Venue: Held online

Haseda, Maho “Does the Presence of a Family Doctor Mitigate the Social Stratification Gap in Discussing the Final Destination: A Cross-Sectional JAGES Study?”

Clich here to go to Maho Haseda’s website.

Serial Lecture on causal inference for clinical and epidemiological research (Assistant Professor Inoue)

Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue has been writing a series of lectures on causal inference for clinical and epidemiological research in the Igakukai Shimbun (in Japanese).

Part 3: Using DAG for Causal Inference 2021.06.07
Part 2: What is Causal Inference Anyway? May 10, 2021
Part 1: Making Medical Research More Accessible and Wonderful with Causal Inference! 2021.04.05

Serialized article: Estimating causal effects by stratified analysis (Inoue)

Assistant Professor Kosuke Inoue’s latest article “Lecture on Causal Inference for Clinical and Epidemiological Research,” serialized in Igakukai Shimbun, has been published.

[No.4] Estimating causal effects by stratified analysis
(From Weekly Igaku Kaikai Shimbun (regular issue): No. 3427, 2021.07.05, in Japanese)

The website of Kosuke Inoue is here.