Department of Psychosomatic Research
National Institute of Mental Health,
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan
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@From April 1, 2018, the name of our department was changed from "Psychosomatic Research" to "Behavioral Medicine". We will update the contents of our website, soon.


The mind influences the body through the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems, a relationship that can result in a number of illnesses when a person is under stress. In addition, the mind also has an effect on various physiological changes in the body. The department conducts clinical and basic research into psychosomatic disorders, focusing on physical illnesses closely related to mental stress, eating disorders, and lifestyle-related diseases. In addition to the causes and mechanisms, we also investigate the pathology of these conditions. The department endeavors to develop effective treatments and preventive measures based on these activities. The study searching for susceptibility genes for eating disorders is being conducted in our laboratory. Identifying susceptibility genes is expected to promote prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

What's New!!

The 16th Lecture for Treatment of Eating Disorders
@: Aug. 28 (Tue) |Aug. 31 (Fri), 2018.
The 15th Lecture for Nursing of Eating Disorders
@: Oct. 31 (Wed) |Nov. 2(Fri), 2018.

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