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Department of Essential Core Services
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Department of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Department Perinatal and Pediatric Cardiology
Department of Perinatal and Pediatric Cardiology
Department of Lifestyle-related Diseases
Department of Nursing
Department of Pharmacy
Medical Information Technology
Quality and Patient Safety
Nutritional Management
Clinical Education and Training
Research Institute
Basic Medical Science Field
Applied Medical Science Field
Advanced Medical Engineering Field
Research Support Field
Research and Development Initiative Center
Intellectual Asset Management
Educational Promotion
Advanced Medical Technology Development
Clinical Research and Development
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiologic Informatics
Suita Bioresource and Data Bank
Training Center
Cell Processing Center(CProC)

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History and Outstanding Features

History and Outstanding Features
The three main causes of death in modern Japan, now a ‘super-aging’ society, are: 1, cancer; 2, cardiovascular disease; and 3, cerebrovascular disease. As diseases of the circulatory system, cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease share many characteristics, meaning that effective research and treatment of one cannot realistically be achieved without the simultaneous and synergized research and treatment of the other. 

The National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC) was established in 1977 in Osaka, as a dedicated center for the treatment and research of diseases of the circulatory system, specifically cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, under the mission statement of “protecting the health of the nation through unification with national healthcare policy”. The unique structure of the NCVC, which integrates a hospital and research center into a single facility, has allowed the NCVC to carry out translational research from its very inception, where findings can be applied to clinical treatment with little delay. In 2010, the NCVC established the Research and Development Initiative Center, an institute intended to facilitate the smoother transition of basic and clinical research findings into commercial products such as treatments and pharmaceutical products. This means that today, the NCVC comprises of dedicated centers for research and for treatment, and the Research and Development Initiative Center to link the two together. It rightly enjoys a reputation, both in Japan and overseas, as an outstanding institute for the development and provision of treatment and research on diseases affecting circulatory organs to the very highest international standards. 


Prominent Figures and Achievements

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