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    Tokyo Women’s Medical University Global COE (Centers of Excellence);
    Multidisciplinary Education and Research Center for the Establishment of Regenerative Medicine

    Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science
    Tokyo Women’s Medical University
    8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo 162-8666 JAPAN

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Outline of the Plan for Establishing a Center

At TWMU we are proud of our efforts up to the present to develop personnel who can implement true partnerships between medicine and engineering, and between academia and industry based on a correct understanding of its importance. But with the current plan we intend to take this much further.

Medical researchers and doctors, and science, engineering and pharmacology researchers have significantly different cultures and languages, and it is not possible to bridge these gaps simply by providing a shared research environment where they work in parallel.

In research where engineering faithfully meets the requirements of medicine (research to order), this model cannot hope to produce genuinely new, internationally competitive R&D. We believe that only through sharing opinions, knowledge and clinical and experimental data in ongoing exchanges can unexpected new discoveries and inventions emerge that can lead the world, and we will foster the kind of personnel who will spare no efforts to this end.

TWMU knows from experience that classroom lectures and carefully prescribed practical work alone do not produce good results in advanced medical education, and instead we are convinced that practical research activities on specific themes is also necessary. In developing personnel who can strongly promote partnerships between medicine and engineering, and between academia and industry, we believe it is desirable to have a research system that achieves synergy between different, multidisciplinary approaches. Ideally, science, engineering and pharmacology Ph.D.s (advisors, postdocs, graduate school students, or research associates) will pair up on a one-to-one basis with M.D.s (doctors, advisors, postdocs, or graduate school students) to work on the same goals.
Through this kind of initiative, we will support the commercialization of research findings, multicenter trials, and the establishment of venture companies through spin-outs, undertaking the research and development of seeds that can create an internationally competitive healthcare industry.

The ultimate concept of the Center is of a research and educational environment with a shared philosophy. Here, senior and mid-level personnel, who can undertake robust multidisciplinary education and research in partnerships between medicine and engineering, and between academia and industry, work alongside young researchers and young doctors who aim to acquire an inherent understanding of the significance of these partnerships through practical research.

As the successful American and European examples in this field make clear, without this kind of approach, it will not be possible to improve the unequal balance of trade in medical-related equipment seen in recent years. We will provide a research environment that not only supports TWMU graduate students, particularly doctors and company researchers, but also young doctors who find time to study at night after their shift. We will recruit young researchers for the Young G-COE Research Project to support students and young researchers and to stimulate research development.

In addition, we will hire foreign faculty members to oversee courses related to English communication, with seminars for improving the communication abilities of young researchers. We believe that by creating globally applicable medical technologies and advanced medical treatments, we can achieve an independent and internationally competitive Japanese healthcare system.