Neurology is a special clinical field involved in the diagnosis of and therapy for nervous system disorders, with a long history in Europe and North America. However, neurological department was established relatively recently in 1954, Japan. Neurology covers many diseases and fields, including common diseases such as cerebrovascular disease, dementia, headache, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, spinocerebellar degeneration, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy, and infectious meningoencephalitis. About 25% of emergency patients suffer from neurological diseases, and 40% of bedridden patients’ conditions are caused by sequelae of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. Almost 60% of medical diseases are associated with neurological complications. For this reason, the neurologist treats a broad spectrum of diseases and covers acute-onset and chronic progressive diseases, rehabilitation, genetic counseling, and prevention. Thus, neurologists are highly specialized.

Due to the rapid aging of society and reduced birth rate in Japan, neurologists play a key role and are supported by the Japanese health care system. Furthermore, neurologists have made major breakthroughs in neuroscience, developing at the outset of the 21st century, and revealed the pathogenesis, biomarkers, and therapies for many diseases of unknown etiologies using genetics and cell biology.

The Department of Neurology, Hirosaki Graduate School of Medicine started in 2006. During the past 7 years, we have developed out- and in- patient rooms offering advanced medical treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, stroke, autoimmune diseases, and CNS infectious diseases as a high-level institution and contributed to community healthcare in northern Japan. Simultaneously, we have introduced a comprehensive teaching system of neurology to nurture excellent medical doctors and neurologists. We have also investigated the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, and developed disease-modifying drugs and useful biomarkers to help patients throughout the world.

We are truly pleased to welcome on board someone of your caliber, who will no doubt be able to make an extremely valuable contribution to our internationally regarded department. Our creed is sincere effort, an excellent manner, and being top in the world. We are looking to train capable young students and doctors to nurture international leaders in clinical medicine and research. We give priority to the treatment of patients, and perform advanced clinical and basic studies, provide intensive career training for the future, and facilitate interchange with world doctors and researchers in the familiar and family-like atmosphere of our laboratory.

It is the ultimate purpose of life to study and work hard as a doctor, then, give back to patients and society, and, finally, enrich the lives of your family and yourself. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion. To study medicine with patients and senior doctors, to study foreign languages and have the opportunity to interact with doctors from many different countries, and to generate successful results from Hirosaki University are the final goals of our department. This is a pleasure in our lives as doctors. It is also a great happiness to meet many non-medical friends and persons who we truly respect in life. I could meet many mentors during the 30 years of my career, and this opportunity encourages me so much. How about are you? We all would like to support and provide these special opportunities for you; this is our mission.