Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (TMIG),
founded in 1972, in cooperation with Tokyo Metropolitan
Geriatric Hospital (TMGH) established at the same time in
the same campus, has engaged in a wide range of research
projects to elucidate aging mechanism, pathogenesis and
preventive methods of morbid states, and social problems the
elderly frequently face.
We restarted as a local independent administrative agency in
April 2009. As the new name of ours, Tokyo Metropolitan
Geriatric Hospital and Institute of Gerontology (TMGH-IG),
shows, the two facilities are consolidated. The
consolidation of the institute and the hospital will promote
comprehensive and translational researches which provide
fruitful elderly stage.
Researchers in our institute cover various fields of
gerontology. In addition to their own research fields, they
are involved in interdisciplinary researches to resolve
dilemmas of aging society. TMIG had been the only research
institution specializing in gerontology in Japan until
National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) was
inaugurated in April 2004. We are strongly confident that
our institute has led and will lead the development of
gerontology in this country.
Major mission of TMIG is to promote researches that support
progresses in geriatric medicine, care giving, and health
promotion of the elderly people. To achieve this mission,
the following three fields of researches are particularly
encouraged: researches on 1) aging mechanism and its
regulation; 2) elucidation of pathogenesis, treatment and
prevention of morbid states frequently seen in the elderly
(such as vascular diseases, cancer, dementia, and a number
of other geriatric syndromes); and 3) promotion of healthy
longevity and welfare for elderly people.
The coming of the super-aging society in Japan is bringing
and will bring us various problems to be resolved. We will
be grateful for your encouragement and support for our
institute and researchers.
Hideki Ito, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital and Institute of Gerontology