Q-AOS Projects

The mission of Q-AOS is to promote the trans-disciplinary research related to SDGs targeting Asia and Oceanian region. This page introduces the flagship projects initiated by the faculty members of Q-AOS.

「Telemedicine and One Health」

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Fumihiko Yokota, Associate Professor, Kyushu University, Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies

Participating researchers::

1. Naoki Nakajima (Professor, Director, Medical Information Center, Kyushu University Hospital)
2. Rafiqul Islamic Maruf (Kyushu University Hospital, Medical Information Center, Research Associate Professor)
3. Ashir Ahmed (Kyushu University, Faculty of Systems and Information Science. Associate Professor)
4. Mariko Nishikitani (Kyushu University Hospital, Medical Information Center, Academic Researcher)
5. Kimiyo Kikuchi (Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, Kyushu University)
6. Yoko Sato (Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Kyushu University)
7. Rieko Izukura (Kyushu University Hospital, Medical Information Center, Academic Researcher)
8. Akane Anai (Kyushu University, Asia-Oceania Research and Education Organization, Research Assistant Professor)

Summary::Portable Health Clinic" PHC)

The telemedicine and mobile health diagnostic system called "Portable Health Clinic" (PHC) began joint research with Kyushu University and Grameen Communications in Bangladesh in 2008. Prof. Ashir Ahmed at the Faculty of Systems and Information Science and Prof. Naoki Nakajima at the Kyushu University Hospital, Medical Information Center have started PHC research focusing on non-communicable disease prevention. Currently, my PHC research engaged with the various partners in Asia including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China. PHC is an online e-health service delivery system that includes series of non-infectious and infectious disease testing devices in the briefcase, enabling mobile health checks and physician counseling and electronic prescriptions using Skype. Since 2010, this PHC service has accumulated data on more than 40,000 patients. We aim to improve access to basic medical care services (universal health access) for people who cannot receive such services in the Asian regions, and to realize a "society where no one is left behind", which is the concept of SDGs.

Figure 1: PHC remote preventive medical service (data https://www.portablehealth.clinic/)

Summary: One Health (zoonoses and digital health)

Many infectious diseases, including the new coronavirus infection, are "zoonoses" derived from wild animals, livestock and poultry. As the opportunities for contact and spread between humans and animals are increasing due to globalization, population growth, environmental destruction, etc., in order to prevent these animal-derived infectious diseases, we regard the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems as one. Promotion of "One Health" and "digitalization" of preventive medicine is indispensable. This study collaborates with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Faculty of Global Health (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Public Health) and also with various academic disciplines including Agriculture, Environmental Ecology, etc. to solve complex, volatile, and unpredictable zoonotic diseases such as the new coronavirus pandemic The purpose is to plan, implement, and disseminate research in collaboration with not only academics, but also the Fukuoka Prefecture One Health Promotion Office, AI diagnosis and biotechnology companies, international organizations. Currently, we are planning to hold online sessions with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the above stakeholders, which will lead to the formulation of international joint research plans, joint application for external research funds, and joint implementation and international co-authored dissertation writing.


Figure 2: One health concept

(Data: https://www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/somu/ken-dayori/202011/html/special.html