Dr. Yutaka Matsuoka


Academic Degree(s)






Current Position

Chief, Division of Health Care Research, Center for Public Health Sciences, National Cancer Center Japan


Professional Experience

Executive Director, Japan Supportive, Palliative and Psychosocial Oncology Group (2015-present)

Project Leader of Clinical Research Track Program, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (2009-2015)


Education & Training

MD, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan (1987-1993)

PhD, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima Japan (1995-2003)



Kaneko Award, Japanese Society of General Hospital Psychiatry (2016) MBI International Symposium Overseas Travel Award (2014)

Young Researcher Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (2012)

Society Award, Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (2010)

Otsuka Award, Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition (2010)


Research Grants

JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists B (2004.4-2007.3)

CREST, JST (2007.10-2014.3)

Intramural Research Grant for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders from NCNP (2012.4-2018.3)

Grants from Pfizer Health Research Foundation (2014.12-2015.11) and SENSHIN Medical Research Foundation (2016.12-2017.11)


Committee & Membership

President, 26th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition (2017)

Director, Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition (2013-present)

VP, International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (2013-present)


Selected Publication

  • Yamashita A, Noguchi H, Hamazaki K, Sato Y, Narisawa T, Kawashima Y, Usuki M, Nishi D, Yoshimasu H, Horikawa N, Matsuoka YJ: Serum polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of psychiatric disorder after acute coronary syndrome: a prospective cohort study. J Affective Disorders August 15, 2017; 218:306-312
  • Matsuoka YJ, Hamazaki K, Nishi D, Hamazaki T: Change in blood levels of eicosapentaenoic acid and posttraumatic stress symptom: A secondary analysis of data from a placebo-controlled trial of omega-3 supplements J Affective Disorders 2016; 205:289-291
  • Matsumura K, Noguchi H, Nishi D, Hamazaki K, Hamazaki T, Matsuoka YJ: Effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on psychophysiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in accident survivors: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Affective Disorders 2016 May 30. pii: S0165-0327(16)30239-7
  • Matsuoka Y, Nishi D, Hamazaki K, Yonemoto N, Matsumura K, Noguchi H, Hashimoto K, Hamazaki T: Docosahexaenoic acid for selective prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder among severely injured patients: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Psychiatry 2015;76(8):e1015–e1022
  • Matsuoka Y, Nishi D, Tanima Y, Itakura M, Kojima M, Hamazaki K, Noguchi H, Hamazaki T: Serum pro-BDNF/BDNF as a treatment biomarker for response to docosahexaenoic acid in traumatized people vulnerable to developing psychological distress: A randomized controlled trial. Transl Psychiatry 2015: 5; e596
  • Hashimoto M, Maekawa M, Katakura M, Hamazaki K, Matsuoka Y: Possibility of polyunsaturated fatty acids for the prevention and treatment of neuropsychiatric illnesses. J Pharmacol Sci 124(3):294-300, 2014
  • Matsuoka Y, Nishi D, Hamazaki K: Serum levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids and the risk of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychother Psychosom 82(6):408-410, 2013
  • Nishi D, Koido Y, Nakaya N, Sone T, Noguchi H, Hamazaki K, Hamazaki T, Matsuoka Y: Fish oil for attenuating posttraumatic stress symptoms among rescue workers after the Great East Japan Earthquake: A randomized controlled trial. Psychother Psychosom 81:315-317, 2012
  • Matsuoka Y, Nishi D, Yonemoto N, Hamazaki K, Hamazaki T, Hashimoto K: Potential role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in omega-3 fatty acid supplementation to prevent posttraumatic distress after accidental injury: An open-label pilot study. Psychother Psychosom 80:310-312, 2011
  • Matsuoka Y, Nishi D, Yonemoto N, Hamazaki K, Hashimoto K, Hamazaki T: Omega-3 fatty acids for secondary prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder after accidental injury: An open-label pilot study. J Clin Psychopharmacol 30(2):217-219, 2010


SSCI/SCI: 77 (first author:21, Jcorresponding author: 37)

Impact Factor>5: 17 papers (JIF>10: 7 papers)