Overview of Neurology

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the best service to patients along with neurological disorders; to
provide the best education and training of clinical neurology to residents and students; and to accelerate the understanding of how we treat neurological disorders.

Our Vision

Understanding the mechanism of neurological disorders and provide best service to our patients. In research, we are beginning with three primary areas of focus:

  • Establishing the new clinical neurology to evaluate the disease progression;
  • Deciphering how neurovascular units contribute the brain disease; and
  • Unraveling the mystery of sporadic neurological disorders.

The Niigata University Brain Research Institute possesses not only a basic neuroscience branch but also a clinical neuroscience branch: Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Thus, the aim of our Institute is to overcome brain diseases. We study a wide variety of brain diseases by using genetic, biochemical, cell biological, histological, and imaging approaches, in collaboration with other departments in the Institute.
In the past 50 years, we have produced favorable results of clinical and basic research. In the beginning, we revealed Niigata Minamata and SMON diseases, which are caused by toxic reagents. Also, we established entities of novel brain diseases and elucidated their molecular mechanisms; dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy, early-onset ataxia with ocular motor apraxia and hypoalbuminemia. Careful observation of patients by the excellent neurologists brought us fruitful success in discovery. Our research is attributable to the support of patients and clinicians, and we will keep a tight connection with them.
Neurologists need a comprehensive knowledge of medicine and a wide range of social skills including communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills. We actively train young doctors to acquire the knowledge and skills to become a specialist in various fields from a cutting-edge basic neuroscience to practical neurology. We are professional for brain diseases and will ensure the best support and therapy for our patients.