Director KITAMURA Toshio
Advanced Clinical Research Center (ACRC) collaborates with basic research groups in IMSUT to translate the research outcomes into medical practice at IMSUT Hospital. ACRC also performs clinical sciences targeting malignancies (including leukemia), infectious and immunological diseases. ACRC aims to translate its own research outcomes into early-phase clinical trials and to undertake the feed-back experiments from its own clinical experiences. For this purpose, ACRC is developing novel therapeutics utilizing various resources including tissue stem cells, molecular targeted agents, recombinant viruses and medical informatics. Each division of ACRC performs peculiar medical research based on the concept of bench to bed, and proposes the ideas elucidating clinical problems from bed to bench. Therefore, each division has a close contact with basic scientists inside and outside IMSUT. Currently, ACRC consists of 8 divisions: namely, Division of Molecular Therapy and Division of Cellular Therapy in which hematological oncologists are working, Division of Infectious Diseases in which professionals for HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other infectious disorders are working, Division of Clinical Genome Research in which surgical oncologists are working, Division of Innovative Cancer Therapy in which professionals for brain tumor surgery are developing oncolytic virotherapy, Division of Advanced Medicine Promotion which contributes to regulatory sciences in medicine, Division of Advanced Genome Medicine involved in training biomedical graduate students, and Division of Bioethics which handles ethical issues in life science. All are the group of physician scientists.