There are many aspects involved in reducing genome research to societal benefit, and in this program our goal is to train and cultivate individuals with a global outlook for taking on the tasks that are required to develop advanced medical therapies.

GCOE Genomics and Infectious Diseases Training Program:
Powering the Future and Impacting Society

1) Establishment of a Cross-Disciplinary Educational Curriculum for the Development of Advanced Medicine

To enable development of advanced medicine from basic research based on genome knowledge, systematic education is provided through a 4-phase cluster of life science comprising "Genomics," "Proteomic Function Research," "Disease Phenotype Research", and "Societal and Policies Research." For this purpose, we will set up a Strategic Education Committee to plan and promote a Cross-Disciplinary Educational Curriculum. "Cross-Disciplinary Medical Sciences Seminars" will be held featuring experts invited from a wide range of disciplines both in and outside the school. Additionally, leading researchers engaged in TR research active in public research facilities or corporate research laboratories both within Japan and overseas, or lecturers from bodies such as the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency in Japan or the FDA in America will be invited to take part in seminars. Moreover, young researchers will be dispatched to organizations involved in the development of therapies such as the National Institute of Biomedical Innovation in Japan and the FDA to undergo training aimed at producing leaders in the international development of advanced medicine.

2) Education in Internationalization and Support of Overseas Activities for Students and Young Researchers

An Internationalization Education Committee will be established and "International Therapy Development Seminars" will be held by a team of lecturers internationally active in a wide range specialist fields. Financial support such as dispatch expenses will be provided to encourage students and young researchers to participate in international scientific meetings. Activities such as the short-term dispatch of students and young researchers to overseas research facilities, and fellowships to students and researchers from overseas organizations will be implemented to promote globalization of advanced medical science. Additionally, opportunities to develop English communication skills will be provided through English Presentation Seminars conducted in the Institute by native speakers of English.

3) Training of Young Human Resources Contributing to Social Activities

Wide-ranging knowledge and experience is needed for the training of talented young individuals to prepare them for engaging in diverse fields of society. A Career-Path Support Center will help students acquire the knowledge and technology essential for their respective career paths through implementation of educational programs such as "Career-Path Support Seminars". The seminars will be led by lecturers active in various spheres including industry, intellectual property, media, publishers and government. In addition, we will provide "Technical Training Seminars" organized principally by the graduate students with guidance as needed. The institute has a research hospital and diverse networks of links with industry. Taking advantage of these two unique features, we will set up programs for "Practical in-Hospital Training" for the participation of non-physician graduate students, and establish a "Corporate Experience Training System" in collaborations with pharmaceuticals companies and research organizations. We will support the establishment of a Student Education Support Committee for the purpose of planning seminars and scientific meetings principally under the guidance of graduate students.

In addition to these educational programs, this program will provide economic support to graduate students. Depending on the results of evaluation, excellent students will be employed as research assistants (RA). They will be asked to assist undergraduate students in their research as well as to take an active role in the planning of educational programs as members of the Education Support Committee. Furthermore, students who have made outstanding presentations at international academic meetings and/or in their publications will be employed as special research assistants (Super RA) with higher financial support than a standard RA. Support is also to be provided in the form of travel and other expenses necessary for the dispatch of young researchers to academic meetings, seminars and joint research projects overseas.

Hands-on Training
Overseas Dispatch and International Exchange Opportunities
Information for Applicants


Global COE Office
The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo

4-6-1 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8639 JAPAN
TEL: +81-3-6409-2028