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Research Center for Cooperative Projects

Center to support industry-academia cooperative projects

(Established: April 1, 2006)

The center was established to promote translational research, in which the results of basic life science research are applied to clinical research for the purpose of contributing to medical science, medical care and health maintenance.

The center supports large-scale research projects of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering (GSQ; part of the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education, also known as GI-CoRE).

The promotion of collaborative research by teams from a wide range of disciplines has produced a variety of world-leading results in interdisciplinary areas covering medical science, life science, general science and engineering. The Division of Medical Physics and the Division of Zoonosis Prevention, which achieved their predetermined purposes, were abolished in academic 2015, and the center is now comprised of six divisions.


(As of July 2016)

Division of Molecular/Cellular ImagingDirector Nagara Tamaki

This cutting-edge research division promotes temporal and spatial molecular/cellular visualization of time-dependent gene and protein expression, neurotransmission-receptor functions and other considerations as well as related application.

  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Integrated Molecular Imaging*
  • Functional Image Science

Division of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue EngineeringDirector Norimasa Iwasaki

The research division focuses on the development of new comprehensive treatment strategies for the provision of rational medical solutions to issues of joint restoration/reconstruction.

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Cancer Pathology
  • Polymer Materials Science and Regenerative Medicine

Division of Brain ScienceDirector Masahiko Watanabe

The division focuses on cutting-edge research on brain science.

  • Anatomy and Embryology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Research and Education Center for Brain Science

Division of Photonic BioimagingDirector Hisataka Sabe

The division focuses on research to elucidate the fundamental molecular mechanisms behind the little-understood radiation resistance of cancer cells using optical imaging technology.

  • Molecular Biology
  • Radiation Medicine
  • Molecular and Cell Dynamics Research

Division of Regulatory ScienceDirector Masanori Kasahara

The division focuses on research to promote medical innovation that will help to establish regulatory science in academia and promote the use of technological seeds at the university in clinical application.

  • Biostatistics
  • Translational Research Management*
  • Regulatory Science

Division of Proton Beam Therapy ResearchDirector Hiroki Shirato

The division focuses on cutting-edge research on proton beam therapy in collaboration with overseas universities.

  • Radiation Oncology
  • Proton Beam Therapy Medicine
  • Laboratory of Quantum Beam Science and Medical Engineering Research Group of Applied Quantum Beam Engineering, Division of Quantum Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
  • Proton Beam Therapy Center, Hokkaido University Hospital
  • Department of Medical Physics, Hokkaido University Hospital
  • [Principal Laboratory] An organization selected from among key departments (including affiliated educational and research facilities) in the Graduate School of Medicine; close relations with the Collaborative Laboratory
    (*Cooperative Laboratory: A non-Graduate School of Medicine organization with which faculty members serving as regular instructors at the Graduate School of Medicine are affiliated)
  • [Collaborative Laboratory] An organization with external funding at which research projects are implemented in collaboration with the Principal Laboratory
  • [Extra Support Organization] A non-Graduate School of Medicine organization contributing to project research collaboratively implemented by the Principal Laboratory and the Collaborative Laboratory