GHIPPGlobal Health Innovation Policy Program

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About Global Health Innovation Policy Program

Global Health Innovation Policy Program


Global Health Innovation Policy Program

Sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

JCR Pharma, Inc.

Fuji Film, Inc.

Supported by U.S. Department of State

Our activities focus on the following objectives:

  1. GHIPP educates young researchers to become global health leaders.
  2. GHIPP introduces the latest ideas and findings on empirical research in health science.
  3. GHIPP collaborates on innovative research with other researchers at various research

institutions and universities throughout the world.

GHIPP features five major research areas:

  1. Cross-Cultural Research of Happiness, Health, and Well-Being
  2. Cross-Cultural Analysis of Interventions for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
  3. Cross-Cultural Research of Dementia with Cognitive Project
  4. Positive Quality of Life for the Caregivers of the Family Members Who Care for Elderly People with Dementia from the Cross-Cultural Approach
  5. Happiness, Health, and Well-Being in Japan Before and After the Great East Japan Earthquake

GHIPP’s three ongoing research activities::

  1. Health and Well-Being
    This study explores the universality of two potential pathways to well-being: self-related pathways (e.g., independent self-construal; personal expression of emotions), and those which are more relationship-based (e.g., interdependent self-construal; giving social support to others).
  1. Cardiovascular disease risk factors and Dementia
    Cardiovascular disease risk factors (CVDRFs) increase the risk of dementia. The purpose of this study is to examine whether participation in leisure activities (mental, physical, and social activities) modified the effect of CVDRFs on inflammatory markers and cognitive function (as the cognitive project) in middle and old age.
  1. Regional Crisis Simulation & Leadership
    We are facing continuous threats from regional geopolitical changes, military conflict, potential exposure risks of infectious disease, including pandemic influenza, as well as unintentional release or deliberate use of chemical, biological, radio-logical, and nuclear (CBRN) agents. However, we are not yet fully prepared to responding to such threats. It is critical to nurture potential global leaders, who understand the nature of threats and can build resilience and preparedness. Allying with top US experts, we provide regional crisis exercises to give participants an appreciation for the complex issues of regional crisis in understanding how each nation would behave based on their national priorities, identifying obstacles and challenges through making of domestic emergency measures, and practicing leadership to come up with best agreed solutions. Funding provided by the United States Government. Details are HERE.

  2. Mental Health Issue from the Great East Japan Earthquake
    This study presents the results of a survey that examined how the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 affected the well-being of various people in Japan outside of the afflicted area. Our dataset consists of Japanese citizens in all non-afflicted prefectures. Following the earthquake, people in Japan are more likely to value social connectedness and ordinary life from social capital perspectives.