The Japanese Society of Schizophrenia Research (JSSR) was established in 2005 with 108 members and has grown to more than 370 members as of 2021. JSSR's primary mission has been to promote basic and clinical research related to schizophrenia. Importantly, since the beginning of the 2010s, JSSR has been revitalizing joint activities with individuals with schizophrenia and their family members based on the idea of co-production. For example, JSSR has started to collaborate with a new self-help program called "Tojisha-Kenkyu (i.e., self-directed research by the patient themselves)," a self-help program developed by members of the Bethel House in Hokkaido, Japan. Since 2019, we have welcomed users and family members to join JSSR to develop research in cooperation. These efforts align with the concept of patient and public involvement (PPI) that has recently gained a great deal of attention.
JSSR holds its annual meeting, generally in March-April and we have a Travel Awards for young researchers from Asian countries outside Japan. For more information about the application process, please visit the website of each meeting.
This logo was created by a family member of a person with schizophrenia through an open competition. The creator designed this logo with a motif of a heart and a brain and put a wish that schizophrenia will become familiar to many people. The logo also represents the overlapping of the three goals of JSSR: to promote comprehensive research on schizophrenia, disseminate understanding of schizophrenia, and contribute to the development of psychiatry and better mental health care.