Dr. Yutaka Matsuoka




Academic Degree(s)

M.D., Ph.D.





Current Position

  • Chief, Division of Health Care Research, Center for Public Health Sciences, National Cancer Center Japan
  • Visiting Associate Professor, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan


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)
  • Psychiatrist, National Disaster Medical Center, Japan (2007-2015)


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

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (#17H04253) 2017-2019
  • Health Labour Sciences Research Grant (H30がん対策-一般-005) 2018-2020
  • Intramural Research Grant for Cancer from NCC (H30-A-17) 2018-2020
  • Innovative Research Program on Suicide Countermeasures (1-2) 2017-2019


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

  • *Watanabe N, Matsuoka Y, Kumachi M, Hamazaki K, Horikoshi M, Furukawa TA: Omega-3 fatty acids for a better mental state in working populations - Happy Nurse Project: a 52-week randomized controlled trial. J Psychiatric Research 102: 72-80, 2018
  • Okubo R, Chen C, Sekiguchi M, Hamazaki K, *Matsuoka YJ: Mechanisms underlying the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on fear memory processing and their hypothetical effects on fear of cancer recurrence in cancer survivors. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 131;14-23, 2018
  • *Matsuoka YJ, Sawada N, Mimura M, Shikimoto R, Nozaki S, Hamazaki K, Uchitomi Y, Tsugane S: Dietary fish, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption, and depression risk in Japan: a population-based prospective cohort study. Transl Psychiatry 26; 7: e1242, 2017
  • 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 218:306-312, 2017
  • *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
  • *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 76(8):e1015–e1022, 2015
  • *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
  • *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


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