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Bipolar research inspires Japan.

JAPAN will follow Wales' lead and set up a network of researchers to investigate the causes of mood disorders.

Modelled on Cardiff University's Bipolar Disorder Research Network, the Japanese group will also bring together policy makers and patients interested in gaining greater understanding, treating and changing attitudes towards mood disorders.

Professor Nick Craddock, who leads the Cardiff network, said: "Much of the world's attention has focused on the recent Tsunami in Japan and the devastating impact this has had on the country. "The implications of this tragic event brings into focus the need for extra support for those people in the country who suffer or may suffer with mood disorders in the future. "Japan already has series of significant challenges - notably, the number of suicides among men. "By establishing a network of experts - from academia, government and sufferers themselves - this will add an additional focus and impetus to tackling these problems." The decision to up a network comes after Cardiff experts visited Tokyo to take part in the Japan Mood Disorder Workshop.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:May 6, 2011
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