Akita Prefectural Hospital Organization
Akita Cerebrospinal and Cardiovascular Center

We are working on the brain diseases based on the plenty of research data and clinical experience.

Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels – Akita is applying the evidence-based medicine supported by the results of world-wide research and our own research, and preserving the health by the preventive medicine, the diagnostic medicine and the treatment medicine in the people suffering from diseases of brain and blood vessels especially in the stroke patients.

President’s Message

This centre was established in 1968 by the earnest desire of stroke extermination from Akita Prefecture. Since then, we have been carrying out research activities to save the life and recover the functional disability in patients of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases and applying research results to the medical activities. We have been providing many kinds of information for the prevention of stroke. We have been carrying out educational activities for medical doctors and staves of emergency medical treatment. In future, we will preserve the people’s health by research, medical and educational activities, and aim at the extermination of the stroke.

Akifumi Suzuki.


World class stroke research for the improvement of clinical practice.

Variety of original studies

Our research works are focused on stroke, which has been the most frequent disease in Akita prefecture. Development in the stroke research field will contribute to accurate diagnosis and effective therapy. Analysis of risk factors by epidemiologic method is useful for prevention of stroke. Advance in CT and MR imaging technique, as well as quantitative measurement of cerebral blood flow and metabolism using positron emission tomography, can elucidate the pathophysiology of cerebrovascular disease. Pathological study including cellular and amimal models has also been performed in this field. Neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease are also our research subjects. Findings originated from our studies are discussed among researchers at weekly conferences. A lot of original works have been published in world leading journals.

Clinical Practice

Latest stroke therapy supported by sophisticated staff.

Prompt and high quality

Stroke is an emergency disease. We try to diagnose patients and recognize the pathogenesis as soon as possible, and perform the best medical treatments aiming for the better prognosis. State-of-the-art equipments, such as 3T-MRI, area-detector CT and PET/CT, have been introduced for the clinical use. Moreover, in order to provide the newest treatments of acute stroke patients, we have made a comprehensive stroke management team conducted by the Department of Stroke Science in 1997. Numerous clipping operations of the cerebral aneurysms have been performed, contributing to the education of young doctors. Gamma Knife therapy as well as surgical treatments have been used for the treatment of brain tumors in the Department of Surgical Neurology. Neurologists also work earnestly on the diagnosis and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.


Expert stroke nurses support comprehensive team medication.

We have been applying the best and seamless nursing care from the acute period to recovery period of the diseases. Especially for the stroke patients, we provide the up-to-date nursing technique. Moreover, nurses carry a part of the team medication including doctors, dieticians and rehabilitation staff. They support the smooth recovery from disabled condition.
We perform the reliable care in which mutual trust with patients and families is regarded as the most important matter.


Fine facilities contribute to the effective stroke therapy.

In the building with barrier free floor, there are a lot of helpful facilities, such as rehabilitation room, dayroom and information library, which support the hospital life of patients and families. Medical social workers provide the consultation service for medical treatments, as well. Moreover, the brain dock has been established aiming for the prevention of stroke. Our facilities support the brain diseases, in particular stroke, from various points of view.


1968.12Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels -Akita is established with 4 departments
(Internal Medicine, Surgery, Radiology and Pathology) by Akita Prefecture.
1969.03Outpatients’ clinics start.
1969.04Inpatients’ services start.
1982.08Department of Neurology is established.
1983.03All facilities are renewed in the new building.
1983.04Department of Surgery is renamed as Department of Surgical Neurology. Department of Epidemiology is established.
1984.07Crown Prince and Crown Princess have a royal visit.
1991.07Brain Dock opens.
1997.04Department of Stroke Science is established.
2001.09Gamma Knife treatment (stereotactic radiosurgery) begins with affiliation of Department of Surgical Neurology.
2004.04PET examination for whole body checkup begins. Memory clinic opens.
2008.05Rehabilitation ward opens for recovery stage patients.
2009.04The organization is changed to Akita Prefectural Hospital Organization.