Kurokawa Award Winner (Clinical Research Category)


Kurokawa Award (Clinical Research Category) Recipient’s Remarks

Yoko Nishizawa, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health

I am honored to receive the Kurokawa Award at the ACP Japan Chapter Annual Meeting 2023.

At the meeting, I presented our study entitled “Loneliness Is Associated with Low-Health Interest: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study”. Our study used a Japanese nationwide questionnaire survey and showed that people who feel loneliness were less interested in their health. Recently, loneliness is reported to be associated with various diseases and mortality. Moreover, health interest is associated with disease prevention or treatment behaviors. We were not able to detect causality in our present study, however, we intend to conduct further research on the theme of loneliness and health.

I have worked as a nephrologist, and I have done a few clinical researches on chronic kidney diseases. While doing my researches, I noticed the importance of study design and epidemiology. I am now studying at a graduate school of public health. Receiving this award is encouraging my carrier and maintaining motivation. I am deeply gratified about this award. Thank you so much.

Research cannot be done by one single person, but requires the cooperation of many different specialists to make it better. I would like to express my gratefulness for enabling me to receive this award. I appreciate Dr. Takahiro Tabuchi of the Osaka International Cancer Center for providing the data, and Dr. Yoshiharu Fukuda of Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health for his guidance, and all those who involved to our study. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the American College of Physicians Japan Chapter for organizing and supporting this conference.



ACP日本支部年次総会・講演会2023 黒川賞(臨床研究部門)を受賞して
西沢 蓉子


今回、“Loneliness Is Associated with Low-Health Interest: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study”というタイトルで発表させていただきました。全国規模のアンケート調査を分析したところ,孤独を感じている人は健康への関心が低くなるという結果でした。孤独はさまざまな疾患と関連し,さらには死亡率とも関連することが分かってきています。また,健康への関心は疾病予防行動や受療行動と関連することが明らかになっています。今回の研究で孤独と健康への関心について因果関係にまで言及することは困難ですが,さらなる研究を行っていければと考えています。