Harukazu TOYAMA, Deputy Dean/Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University Graduated from the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Hokkaido University. Doctor of Medical Science. He has been in his current position since 2013, after holding the posts of assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, and associate professor in the Rehabilitation Division of Hokkaido University Hospital. He is a sports doctor certified by the Japan Sports Association and the Japanese Orthopedic Association, a medical specialist certified by the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine and a director of the Japanese Orthopedic Society of Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (JOSKAS).
“Health sciences is an academic field that aims to help people maintain mental and physical health without illness or injury.
I think its aim is to improve quality of life (QOL) through health,” says Professor Harukazu Toyama of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He specializes in rehabilitation science, with particular focus on athletic rehabilitation, which is related to sports medicine, and musculoskeletal medicine for joints, the spine and other body parts. The high risk of QOL reductions from poor knee and lower back conditions is known as “locomotive syndrome.” The Faculty of Health Sciences is studying the causes of increased risk jointly with the School of Engineering. Focus is placed not only on the health of individuals, but also on the state of local communities.
Professor Toyama says, “Removing labels from plastic drink bottles and separating waste can be a burden for senior citizens and others with physical challenges.
It is desirable for local communities to create systems to support them.” When the social implementation of projects is emphasized, cooperation with other faculties and with those in other fields is important. Therefore, the Faculty of Health Sciences is cooperating actively with the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Agriculture, and with those in information science.
Being in Hokkaido, the university should first focus on the development of rehabilitation and nursing devices suited to snowy regions, and then on transport systems in extensive inhabited areas. “One mission of the university is to hand down the environment and resources to the next generation.
I believe that conducting research and education with sustainability in mind and cooperating with those in various fields using available knowledge are sound approaches. Since various studies are being conducted at the Faculty of Health Sciences, please also pay attention to other researchers of the faculty,” says Professor Toyama.