Preventive Services

kaoTakashi Kawamura, M.D., Ph.D. Professor  btn

Although caring for ill persons is the origin of medicine, disease prevention is another matter of importance. Prevention includes preventing the occurrence of a disease (primary prevention) and arresting the progression of a disease through early diagnosis and early treatment (secondary prevention). Our Health Service offers health checkups and counseling for the students and employees. We also provide first aid for diseases and injuries. In our practice, we conduct epidemiological researches for disease control and prevention, and develop healthcare systems. We disseminate evidence from the on-site daily clinical routine.

Research and Education

“Water-gargling prevents common cold [1].” “Sudden death of employees frequently occurs in April and on weekends [2].” “Chest compression-only resuscitation is the best way for lay bystanders [3].” “Dissemination of AEDs would increase survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests [4].” “Introduction of hemodialysis in IgA nephropathy can be well predicted by clinical markers [5].” We are studying quite common health problems to contribute to daily healthcare. Our study tool is epidemiology. We collaborate with many medical and governmental facilities all over the country.
In the School of Public Health, we (1) participate in a core program on “Epidemiology” which helps us evaluate the causes of a disease and the effectiveness of medical procedures through observation and intervention,and (2) provide practical programs “Seminar in study design” and “ Clinical research advanced” for students who will conduct clinical researches. We continuously mentor each student assigned to our department.
A certain medical qualification is required to each graduate school student, because we carry out studies in practices. See the webpage of the University Health Service.

A randomized controlled trial evaluating the preventive effect of gargling for common cold (Ref No.1)

Increase in neurologically favorable one-month survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by dissemination of AEDs (Ref No.4)

Recent Publications

  1. Satomura K, Kitamura T, Kawamura T, et al. Prevention of upper respiratory tract infections by gargling: a randomized trial. Am J Prev Med 2005; 29: 302-307.
  2. Kawamura T, Kondo H, Hirai M, et al. Sudden death in the working population: a collaborative study in central Japan. Eur Heart J 1999; 20: 338-343.
  3. Iwami T, Kawamura T, Hiraide A, et al. Effectiveness of bystander-initiated cardiac-only resuscitation for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Circulation 2007; 116: 2900-2907.
  4. Kitamura T, Kawamura T, Iwami T et al. Public-access defibrillation and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Japan. N Engl J Med. 2016; 375: 1649-1659.
  5. Goto M, Kawamura T, Ando M, et al. A scoring system to predict renal outcome in IgA nephropathy: a nationwide 10-year prospective cohort study. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2009; 24: 3068-3074.

Preventive Services (Kyoto University Health Service)

Professors: Takashi Kawamura, Taku Iwami
Associate Professors: Yu Sakagami
Assistant Professors: Satoe Okabayashi, Keiichi Matsuzaki, Daisuke Kobayashi, Takeyuki Kiguchi, Tomonari Shimamoto, Yukiko Tateyama