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Message from the Dean

Greeting at the China-Japan Research Collaboration 10th Steering Committee Meeting


各位下午好!(Good afternoon)
On behalf of IMSUT, I am so glad to meet you all here.
Thank you Dr. Huang and other IMCAS members for organizing today's meeting.

As you know well, our China-Japan joint research program was launched in 2005 under the leadership of Prof. Fu Gao and Prof. Zihe Rao, former directors of IM and IBP, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Aikichi Iwamoto and Prof. Tadashi Yamamoto, who was dean of IMSUT at that time. We greatly appreciate their vision in establishing this mutually beneficial joint platform for collaborative research between China and Japan.

The first period of the program was successfully completed in March 2010, and now, we are in the second stage. Your continuing support and encouragement have been instrumental in the progress we have made, and I again would like to express my appreciation for the time and effort the founding members spent at that time.

As you may know, next year, 2012, will be the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Institute for Infectious Disease, the forerunner of IMSUT. Further, it should be noted that it will also be the 45th anniversary of the reorganization and renaming of our institute to IMSUT when our infectious disease oriented research emphasis was expanded to the other diseases including cancer, immunological diseases, genome-based medicine and iPS-based regenerative medicine. With these important anniversaries just around the corner, we are now working together with our slogan, "IMSUT Gogo" to advance our institute to become the pinnacle of medical science in the world. Thus, our goal is to transform IMSUT into a yet further advanced, modern and leading medical science research institute by the year of our 125th and 50th anniversaries

Now, let me introduce our slogan, "IMSUT Gogo".
One pronunciation of "Five" in Japanese is "Go" as you might know, and therefore it includes 5 key articles.

1) Recruitment of top-quality basic scientists.
2) Recruitment of first-class clinical scientists who can bridge between medical science at the bench and the bedside.
For the continuous growth of IMSUT as one of the globally competitive medical science institutes of the world, our current efforts at recruitment of the best basic and clinical faculty members are of course our first priority.

3) Creation of an IMSUT supporting system, Research and Clinical Foundation (RCF).
It is one thing to say that we want to recruit the world's absolute best biomedical and clinical scientists, and a separate thing to actually do it. A major key to accomplishing this will be the establishment of an IMSUT supporting system, RCF, that can interface between the governmental and private sector regulation systems. We need the quickness of the private sector in mobilizing resources, adapting to new conditions and harnessing new discoveries. Yet, the steadfast support of biomedical research by the government must remain at the foundation of our support. The purpose of the RCF will be to allow government and private sector support to exist in harmony, and thus make IMSUT an attractive destination for the world’s most dynamic scientists. We hope this could also have a positive influence on our China-Japan collaboration system, as well.

4) Improvement of our disease-oriented research support system including new facilities.
As an immediate necessity, I am proposing to build a New Experimental Animal Facility and its related research laboratories which will be capable of housing gene-manipulated and iPS/Stem cell-based experimental animals enabled by the latest technologies and pioneering research which will enable the development of novel prevention and therapy for diseases. By the time of completion of this proposed new research facility, our hope is the establishment of global hub style laboratory system where scientists and students from all over the world including our Chinese colleagues from the China-Japan Collaboration project will be housed in this new facility.

5) Transformation of IMSUT to become an internationally friendly top medical science institute.
It is actually one of the most important articles in the slogan.
It is very important that IMSUT should become a more globally and internationally oriented research institute in order to become the first choice of every medical scientist anywhere in the world. Thus, our goal is to transform IMSUT into a yet further advanced, modern and leading medical science research institute by the year of our 125th and 50th anniversary in 2017. Thus, the next year is considered to be the new start year for IMSUT to becoming the number one institute for the field of medical science, or top of the world. Thus, we are going to initiate the 125-50 project "One to GoGo" for the "Top of World".
Of course, the China-Japan Research Collaboration Program is one of the biggest keys for this. We are very proud of and relying on all of you, our topnotch scientists, promising students and hardworking administrators involved in the joint research program.

All of you hold the keys to our unceasing advancement.
We shall continuously aim to accomplish our common goal to be the pinnacle of medical science in the world!
I hope there will be more and more collaboration between us in diverse ways and that we can foster stronger ties and more cooperative relations between China and Japan.
I express again a special thanks to the core members from both the China and Japan sides for their continuous effort and dedication.
I would like to wish you all a very productive interaction during today's meeting.
谢谢!(Thank you)