Greeting from the Director of the center

Japan is a unique country in that it is being met with the unprecedented problem of a rapidly aging population.
Because of this many of the unmet medical needs of the country are starting to become apparent. Ways in which Japan should deal with the need to improve and maintain the healthy life expectancy of its people has become an urgent question.
There is now a demand for the development of new treatments for treating diseases which typically cause a considerable downturn in the quality of life in an aging population such as dementia, motor disorders, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, etc.
Although Japan is a world leader in academic and medical research a trade deficit in the medical industry could be the cause of a deficit in the practical application of medical research.

In order to solve this problem and advance the goals of improving life extension and industrial power, the cultivation of human resources that can implement medical innovation is required.
The national projects, “The Translational Research Hub Project” and “The Clinical Research Core Hospital Project” are being implemented in order to apply the results of medical research to practical settings.
The projects are being undertaken as planned however they are lacking in the area of human resource cultivation. Medical innovation requires the flowing connections of research to practical application (foundational research →translational research → clinical research → practical application).
In order to achieve this linkage we believe it is necessary to cultivate excellent personnel who are able to shoulder the responsibility of implementing future medical innovations in many new fields.
More specifically we believe that it is essential to train personnel who have a strong will and ability to take action towards the concrete goals of practical application of innovations and the extension of healthy lifestyles.
We also believe it is important for innovators to be able to look down at the big picture of the fierce international competition in the field of medical innovation with a broad viewpoint. In order to execute this we believe it is necessary to link universities in order to compensate for the lack of teaching staff, strengthen the area of practical learning, and provide education for expanding international viewpoints by securing foreign educators.
To accomplish our mission, Kyushu University Medical Research Hospital and the Department of Research and Development of Next Generation Medicine would like to act as a portal to Asia via a mutual educational linkage
system containing four universities (Kyushu University, Fukuoka University, Kurume University, University of
Occupational and Environmental Health Japan). It is under this system that people with a strong will to implement medical innovations and to win out the competition in the international arena will be cultivated. In order to tie the
results of the program to tomorrow’s medical care we, along with everyone else, would like to take steps towards achieving these goals.
If you have any questions or opinions about human resource cultivation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)
Yoichi Nakanishi