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Recsearch Center on Tropical Diseases

Our institute is the one and only public sector supported by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan) that aims to do the research on tropical diseases, and identified as the Collaborative Research Center on Tropical Disease.

The Goal of the Center

The infectious diseases are caused by the collapse of symbiosis with other creatures, which cannot be avoided if we, human being, live in the nature. Although the ultimate aim of this center is to eradicate infectious diseases, it is needed rather to establish reciprocal relationship with other creatures than to eliminate them. Such establishment of reciprocal relationship requires the collective knowledge, which can be achieved only by combining a broad aspect of disciplines.
The Tropical Infectious Diseases have been spreading in the tropical area, which is the reflection of environment and socio-economic situation existed there. It is considered to be a big challenge related to health. As a matter of fact, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including newly emerging infectious diseases, HIV and tuberculosis have been spreading globally with tropical area being its epicenter. The tropical area is not only the battle field where we, human being, fight against them but also the experimental ground where we newly create and develop our knowledge and technology alike in order to control infectious diseases.
The Research Center on Tropical Diseases is to accomplish with the members in the diverse scientific communities collaborative researches rooted upon the field where infectious diseases are prevailing, making use of the facilities like Asia and Africa Research Stations internationally recognized. It also serves as a resource center for information and biological samples related to infectious diseases speeding globally.

Outline of the Collaborative Research

The Research Center on Tropical Medicine appeals to the public for the collaborative research, which is either basic or applied research based upon epidemiological, clinical or public health framework. The Research Center on Tropical Medicine appeals to the public for the research meeting, which promotes and facilitates the research of infectious diseases through exchanging information or technologies necessary. The Research Center on Tropical Medicine is also to deliver bio-resources including infectious agents, information, and etc. collected and stored here, and thus serves as a resource center on Tropical Medicine.

Organizational Chart of the Center

As for administration of this research center, the dean of the Institute of Tropical Medicine established the Steering Committee for the Collaborative Research Center on Tropical Medicine, which was composed of 11 members, out of whom more than half should be outside the university concerned. The Steering Committee for the Collaborative Research Center on Tropical Medicine is responsible for adoption of the applications and monitoring and evaluation of the activities in question.
In order to support activities above mentioned, the specific section supporting the Research Center on Tropical Medicine was newly formed and a professor was designated to be a section chief.

Applications for Collaborative Researches

There were 28 applications for collaborative researches, out of which 23 were adopted.
There were 2 applications for collaborative researches with overseas bases, out of which 2 were adopted.
There were 2 applications for research meeting, out of which 2 were adopted.

Concept Diagram

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