Faculty of Health Sciences/Graduate School of Health Sciences/Department of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Dept. of Emergent Neurocognition

The rapid increase in the prevalence of dementia constitutes a significant challenge to Japan, which is classified as a super-aging society. The number of Japanese patients with dementia is estimated to increase to approximately 7 million in 2025. Additionally, a nearly equal number of patients are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI, a condition or stage between the expected cognitive decline associated with normal aging and the more serious decline associated with dementia).
Healthy elderly individuals, those with MCI, and those with dementia have the potential to experience a better quality of life. We plan to work together with you to develop novel approaches to enhance well-being.
This department was founded by Dr. Kiyohiro Houkin (the current President of Hokkaido University), following intensive efforts since 2018. Currently, our work involves several areas of research, including the development of evaluation methods for cognitive function, development of tools for early detection of dementia/MCI, investigation of strategies to maintain and improve cognitive function and for visualization of cognitive function using functional brain imaging.


Department of Emergent Neurocognition

Main Research Areas

・Research on the effects of brain training applications on cognitive function
・Research on remote testing of cognitive function
・Research on visualization of brain processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging and Equivalent Current Dipole Source Localization


Associate Professor

Mika OTSUKI (in-charge, concurrent post)

Specially appointed Assistant Professor


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