Naoki Kondo

Naoki Kondo is a professor of Social Epidemiology at the Department of Social Epidemiology, Graduate School of Medicine and School of Public Health, Kyoto University. His primary research is oriented on social determinants of health. He is the Vice Chief Investigator of the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study, a cohort study following up more than 200,000 older adults nationwide in Japan. JAGES initiative has investigated the community and social environments that promote healthy and equitable longevity. His team has found data rurality and farming culture are strong positive (and potentially negative) determinants of health of specific subpopulations in rural and urban areas. His recent study focuses on how to address health inequality in the community settings, conducting intervention studies with local and central governments. Professor Kondo is the member of Clinical Consortium on Health Ageing and a core member of the Global Network on Long-term Care, World Health Organization. He holds multiple roles as committee members and advisors for Parliamentary Groups and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers in journals such as the Lancet, BMJ, Int J Epidemiology, etc. He is also an author and co-author of many publications.

Based on social epidemiologic perspectives and empirical data, I will discuss the potential benefits and harms of farming activities in rural and urban settings for farmers’ and other peoples’ health and their potential sociological and physiological mechanisms. His talk has a special focus on disaster and emergency settings that Japan has experienced in the last two decades such as mega earthquakes and serious population aging.“

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