The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (IMSUT) has been
at the centre and forefront of forging mutually beneficial networks of
researcher-level communication in science across Asia. To further stimulate
these activities in depth and width as well, we came to propose and launched
this project which
aims to create the new research field "New generation vaccine/regenerative
medicine cross-boundary science"
This project will not only integrate research groups from various Asian
countries into IMSUT's distinctive cutting-edge research that cuts across
research field boundaries, but develop research cooperation that leverages
the respective needs and strengths of each group.
Specifically, with the development of oral vaccines and their scientific underpinnings at the centre, we will proceed with ongoing coordination on several projects of mutual interest.
These days the need for cooperation with various Asian countries is receiving
strong vocal support. While such activities as collaborative research between
individual laboratories and technology transfer through the training of
scientists from overseas can be seen as definite signs of progress, efforts
to forge a community network with Japan at the hub of a wider Asia remain
as rare as ever. To promote highly effective research collaboration exchanging
the latest research findings across Asia and communicate these to the world, constructing such an Asian research network open to the world is an extremely important
To this end, we are pleased to join hands with the two prestigious organizations: Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (A-IMBN) and the Nature Publishing Group (NPG). A-IMBN has been up and running since 1997 to promote
the development of research in molecular biology and biotechnology in the
region and beyond through greater networking and interaction of scientists in
the Asia-Pacific for the benefit of mankind. NPG as a core information transmission and exchange
medium with its powerful global science media network will help us bring
to the world’s attention the best research in medical life science from Asia and together manage the website "A-IMBN Research", which is
to construct a new community strategically linking wider Asia into a network
with Japan at its centre.