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Overview of CERA

The Center for Epidemiologic Research in Asia (CERA) was established in October 2013 to promote leading-edge epidemiologic research on cardiovascular and related lifestyle diseases. As a base for international collaborative epidemiologic research in Asia, CERA aims to contribute to medical science and public health not only in Japan but also all over the world.

The center promotes research in two areas and education in one area.

[A] Research

  1. International collaborative epidemiologic research centered in Asia
  2. Leading-edge local epidemiologic research

[B] Education

  1. Graduate and continuing education to train specialists in epidemiologic research on lifestyle diseases

To promote these projects, the center will focus on the development of new technology via academia–industry collaborative research with private companies, creation of a global research and educational environment through collaboration with many overseas research institutions, and training specialists by promoting graduate and continuing education.

Moreover, this center seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Conduct epidemiological research on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in Asia.
  • Become an educational base for foreign exchange students from Asia, and train specialists and leaders in the field of epidemiology of lifestyle diseases who can play an active role in Asia.
  • Share evidence from epidemiologic research using leading-edge scientific technologies from Japan, the world’s most rapidly aging society, with international specialists.
  • Strengthen Shiga University of Medical Science’s role as the main research center on Japan’s health measures, and thereby contribute to the prevention of lifestyle disease of its citizens.
  • Train specialists in epidemiologic research and leaders in healthcare, local and national government, and related industries.

Unfortunately, epidemiologic research in Japan and Asia lags far behind Europe and the United States. Especially in the developing countries in Asia, the current incidence, causes, and lifestyle-related risk factors for cardiovascular diseases have not been clearly identified. As lifestyles change dramatically in developing Asian countries, these diseases threaten to become a major public health problem. This center promotes epidemiologic research in Japan and Asia, in order to address health problems in the Asia region and achieve increased healthy life expectancy.

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