Division and Department

Department of Neuropsychiatry

Tetsuo SHIMIZU, M.D. & Ph.D.

A Greeting from the Professor

Psychiatry covers all aspects of disorders of ABC: affect, behavior and cognition. As a university hospital, with a clinic for general psychiatry, we run a sleep disorder clinic specializing in excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep-wake rhythm disorders, and also a clinic for memory problems.

The policy of our course for residents in psychiatry is to develop practical skills to be a general psychiatrist, and our course provides the opportunity to obtain a physician's license recognized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and to become an Accredited Psychiatric Specialist recognized by the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and eurology. For this purpose, we allow students to train both in a mental hospital and in the psychiatric ward of a general hospital as well as at the university hospital.

Residents are highly encouraged to enter a graduate school of medicine to obtain a doctoral degree. Studying abroad is also encouraged. So far, our colleagues have worked at Ottawa University (Canada), Edinburgh University (UK), Stanford University (USA), Emory University (USA), and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University(Italy).

I cordially welcome all young colleagues who have interest in any aspects of the human mind to our department. Let's sail together on the mystic ocean of the mind!


Tetsuo SHIMIZU, M.D. & Ph.D.

Associate Professor:
Takashi KANBAYASHI, M.D. & Ph.D.

Masaru ECHIZENYA, M.D. & Ph.D.

Research Areas

  1. Clinical research on sleep medicine
  2. Measurement of hypocretin/orexin levels for narcolepsy patients
  3. Clinical research on circadian rhythms
  4. Clinical research on chronotherapy for mood disorders
  5. Epidemiology of dementia using MRI in large samples

Contact Information

Professor Tetsuo SHIMIZU, M.D. & Ph.D.
Or, Associate Professor: Takashi KANBAYASHI, M.D. & Ph.D.
1-1-1 Hondo, Akita-City, Akita, 010-8543, Japan
E-mail: shimizu@psy.med.akita-u.ac.jp
Or, takashik@psy.med.akita-u.ac.jp