Department of Clinical Product Development

Clinical Product Development department is one of the departments in the Clinical Medicine and Research was established newly on April 1, 2012.

Department of Clinical Product DevelopmentThis is a newly established department in response to the Global Strategy on public health, innovation and intellectual property (resolution WHA61.21). The resolution calls for the enhancement of health-needs driven research and development to address diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries. The establishment of this department was supported by the Department of Academic and Research Promotion, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. MEXT continues to support the department until its full development.


  • Professor Laothavorn Juntra
  • Associate Professor Nguyen Huy Tien
  • Assistant Professor Chisato Narahara
  • Visiting Professor Kesara Na-Bangchang
  • Visiting Researcher Tullayakorn Plengsuriyakarn
  • Assistant Sayuri Delaney
  • Graduate Student Nut Koonrungsesomboon
  • Graduate Student Teerachat Sae-heng

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The department focuses on

  1. Building capacity of individuals for innovation in health product.
  2. Strengthening capability of the local research institutions in providing an enabling environment, including infrastructure for product R&D.
  3. Strengthening research institutes network for knowledge sharing and exchange, and for R&D technology transfer activities. The emphasis will be on developing products for public health needs to address the issues of inequity in health.
  4. Filling the gap of health knowledge.

The operation of this department depends on the collaboration of existing offices and departments in NEKKEN and in Nagasaki University, e.g. Office for Training and Education, Immunogenetics, Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacy, Parasitology, Clinical Medicine, Clinical Pediatrics, Center for infectious disease research in Asia and Africa and the research institutions and universities in developing countries. The aim of its operation is to ensure that research priorities of research institutions are in line with their public-health needs, in particular the need for innovative research to address the health problems of their populations and to contribute to improved public health in other countries.

The activities

a) Training

  1. Two- week course on Product Research and Development for public health needs.
  2. Three-day course on Bioethics.
  3. Three-day course on Conducting Responsible Research.
  4. PhD training as part of actual product development ie. Shiunko for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Herbal Medicine for Cholangiocarcinoma and Malaria.
  5. PhD training as part of associated product development processes e.g. ethical issues in product development, clinical data management, good laboratory practice and etc.
  6. Online learning courses for undergraduate students and young medical doctors to conduct evidence-based medicine, evidence synthesis, secondary data analysis, and health care survey.

b) Research

  1. Development of Shiunko for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.
  2. Identification and further development of Herbal Medicine and novel small compounds for Cholangiocarcinoma and Malaria.
  3. Physiological Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) Modelling in Malaria and Cholangiocarcinoma.
  4. Development of Novel Treatment for Dengue patients.
  5. Performance of researches on evidence-based medicine, evidence synthesis, secondary data analysis, and health care survey to improve health care.
  6. Development of Teaching Methodology to Enhance Medical Student conducting research.
  7. Identification and addressing Methodological and Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science.
  8. Identification of Ethical Issues in Research Publications.

c) Network

  1. Coordination of Product Research and Development (PRD) Network
  2. Coordination of research ethics global network-Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER)
  3. Supervisor of Online Research Club: Mentoring global young clinicians and medical students to conduct several types of research


  1. Drug Research Center, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP), Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  4. Institution of Human Research Protection, Ministry of Health, Thailand
  5. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England
  6. National Research council of Thailand, Thailand
  7. Institute of Herbal Medicine, University of Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  8. University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  9. Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  10. Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  11. Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto, Japan
  12. Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan

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