Professor Takahiro Maeda

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Community Medicine
Masters Programme



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Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


  • 1985 Graduate of Nagasaki University School of Medicine
  • 1985 Medical Resident of Nagasaki university Hospital (Hematology)
  • 1995 Staff Doctor of Goto Central Hospital
  • 2000 Assistant Professor of Nagasaki University (Department of Hematology)
  • 2001 Associate Professor of Nagasaki University (Department of General Medicine)
  • 2004 Professor of Nagasaki University (Department of Island and Community Medicine)
  • 2012 Professor of Nagasaki University (Department of Community Medicine)
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  • I teach rural and community medicine for medical students, dental students, and student nurses at the Island Medical Institute in Goto city. In Japan, the percentage of the population aged 65 years or older has increased approximately four-fold (from 6% to 26%) over the past 50 years. It is very important to understand the comprehensive medical care in aging society.
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Epidemiologic studies about lifestyle-related diseases including atherosclerosis, diabetes, frailty and strokemaeda_takahiro_document01The measurement of carotid intima-media thickness using the echomaeda_takahiro_document02The measurement of carotid-ankle vascular index using the VaSera

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Island Medical Institute in Goto Central Hospital, Goto city, Nagasaki , Japan
  • The Department of Community Medicine, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Shimizu Y, Sato S, Koyamatsu J, Yamanashi H, Tamai M, Kadota K, Arima K, Yamasaki H, Takamura N, Aoyagi K, Maeda T. Subclinical carotid atherosclerosis and hyperuricemia in relation to renal impairment in a rural Japanese population: the Nagasaki Islands Study. Atherosclerosis 233(2), 525-529
  2. Shimizu Y, Sato S, Koyamatsu J, Yamasaki H, Tamai M, Kadota K, Arima K, Yamasaki H, Takamura N, Maeda T.: Positive association between CD34-positive cells and urinary sodium excretion in elderly Japanese: The Nagasaki islands Study. J Gerontol Geriat Res 3(2) (2014)
  3. TShimizu Y, Nakazato M, Sekita T, Kadota K, Yamasaki H, Takamura N, Aoyagi K, Maeda T.: Association of arterial stiffness and diabetes with triglycerides-to-HDL cholesterol ratio for Japanese men: The Nagasaki Islands Study. Atherosclerosis Jun; 228(2), 491-495 (2013)
  4. Hayashida H, Saito T, Kawasaki K, Kitamura M, Furugen R, Iwasaki T, Hayashida Y, Nakazato M, Sekita T, Takamura N, Maeda T.: Association of periodontitis with carotid artery intima-media thickness and arterial stiffness in community-dwelling people in Japan: The Nagasaki Islands study. Atherosclerosis Jul; 229(1), 186-191 (2013)
  5. Nakazato M, Takamura N, Kadota K, Yamasaki H, Mukae H, Kusano Y, Nakashima K, Ozono Y, Aoyagi K, Kohno S, and Maeda T: The association between atherosclerosis and plasma homocysteine concentration in the general population residing on remote islands in Japan. ACTA MEDICA NAGASAKIENSIA 55, 47-54 (2011)

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I am engaged in community-based medical education, research work of epidemiology, and medical support for areas of physician shortage  mainly on remote islands in Nagasaki Prefecture from 2004. Disease structure changes with social rapid aging in Japan, and lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes increase. Moreover, the conditions of patients becomes complicated, and their needs for medical care diversifies. It is important to push forward cooperation of medical services and care in the community, and to make the integral system providing comprehensive care services. I hope that studens can understand the Japanese medical care system, and want to try to think about effective medical care for elderly and comprehensive medical care system in community.