KIMURA, Yumi

yumi cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments・Position

Environmental Coexistence・Affiliated Assistant Professor

Area

Research Interests / Keywords

・“Frailty” among elderly people and its social factors: Comparative study in Japan and Thailand
・”Field Nutrition” study on lifestyle diseases and diet among highlanders in Himalaya


Overview

“Frailty” among elderly people and its social factors: Comparative study in Japan and Thailand

This study focuses on “frailty” among the elderly and explores its association with social background. We will conduct a field survey and qualitative interviews in Japan and Thailand to examine the multiple aspects of frailty, including mental health and nutritional status. We expect to identify options for care prevention in line with the regionally specific characteristics of frailty.

“Field Nutrition” study on lifestyle diseases and diet among highlanders in Himalaya

This study explore the relations between dietary changes and lifestyle diseases in Himalayan highlands. As a social background, the increase in lifestyle-related diseases is becoming one of the most serious health problems worldwide. Especially, in developing countries, health systems and medical resources are not yet adequate so it is very important to address health problems through daily diet. The aim of this study is to evaluate these diseases and their background through examining dietary habits and suggest possible interventions for their prevention. The field site is 3 different place in Ladakh, town, farming village, and nomadic plateau. This study is designed with a new research methodology, “field nutrition,” a research combination comprised of nutritional assessment and cultural anthropology. For nutritional assessment this projects uses a newly developed tool; 11-item Food Diversity Score Kyoto (FDSK-11) which is applied in addition to a basic nutritional assessment.

Research funds

Type Theme Period
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) Developing community-based programs for frailty in elderly people: an action research on primary care interventions in Thailand and Japan 2019 – 2023
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) 精神的・社会的要素を含めたフレイル評価指標の開発 2019 – 2021
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area) Sociocultural mechanisms underlying niche construction based on ethnographic research 2019 – 2023
Challenging Research (Exploratory) Community Kyoshoku (eating together) – evaluating neighborhood activities effectiveness on healthy aging 2019 – 2021
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) アジア地域における高齢者のフレイルに関する複合的研究 2016 – 2018
Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) ヒマラヤ高地の伝統食による生活習慣病改善への取り組み 2016 – 2018