Country: Japan
City: Nara

Nara Hemophilia Centre
Nara Medical University
Department of Pediatrics, 840 Shijo-cho, Kashihara, Nara 634-8521
Tel.: 81 744 29 8881
Fax: 81 744 24 9222

Director: Dr. Midori Shima
Responsible for training: Dr. Midori Shima
Year of IHTC designation: 1998

Areas of specialty: Adult and pediatric hematology; Orthopedic care and surgery; Laboratory diagnosis and Molecular genetics; Physiotherapy


Location: Nara Hemophilia Center/Nara Medical University is situated in Kashihara, Nara, Japan. Kashihara is located in the centre of Nara Prefecture, which is an ancient capital of Japan and designated as a World Heritage area by UNESCO.

Climate: The climate is temperate, with a little snow in winter and hot in summer.

Accommodations: A guest house is available nearby at reasonable rates, with cafeteria facilities within the hospital. The cost of living is less expensive than in major cosmopolitan cities, e. g., Tokyo, New York, Paris.

Language: English and Japanese


Clinical activities: Nara Medical University, located in central Japan, is the biggest hemophilia center in the western part of Japan. Approximately 500 patients with hemophilia A, 100 with hemophilia B, 150 with von Willebrand disease and 80 with other congenital bleeding and thrombotic disorders are registered. All services concerning hemophilia comprehensive care are offered, including diagnosis, treatment, counselling and an educational program for home infusion. Professor Yoshioka organizes all these activities. Our centre also provides HIV/ AIDS clinics.

Laboratory activities/research: There is a coagulation laboratory for diagnosis and management of patients with congenital and acquired bleeding and thrombotic disorders. The laboratory also has responsibilities for nationwide pre- and post–marketing surveillance of factor VIII, IX and vWF products. Molecular diagnosis/analysis of hemophilia A and B and von Willebrand is one of the important activities in our laboratory. Main research projects are studies on structure and function of factor VIII/von Willebrand factor and other clotting factors, mechanism of thrombus formation, and immunological and biochemical analysis of inhibitor development.

Multidisciplinary activities/research: Dr. Y. Tanaka, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, has successfully performed numerous surgeries involving hemophilic joints.

To see a sample curriculum of the training that will be provided, please click on the following links:
Comprehensive care: PDF
Laboratory of Hemostasis: PDF
Molecular Biology and Genetics: PDF
Orthopedic surgery: PDF

Updated July 2014