Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Hokkaido University
Biomedical science and engineering is an academic discipline to elucidate life phenomena, overcome diseases, and improve human health by utilizing the knowledge and technology of science and engineering in medicine. The Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering at Hokkaido University was established on April 1, 2017 with the aim of developing professionals capable of practicing biomedical science and engineering. The graduate school is comprised of (1) the Quantum Biomedical Science and Engineering Course to develop professionals who can apply specialized knowledge and skills of radiotherapy and particle beam therapy and related medical equipment to medicine, and (2) the Molecular Biomedical Science and Engineering Course to develop professionals who can apply specialized knowledge and skills of analysis and diagnostic imaging of in vivo molecular behavior to medicine.
Medical progress can only be achieved by combining not only the results of medical research but also the results of various studies in science, engineering and other fields with the development of science and technology. Needless to say, radiology requires engineering research and the development of radiodiagnosis and radiotherapy equipment. Nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging, including PET examinations, also requires engineering research on diagnostic imaging equipment as well as many physical and chemical studies such as nuclear physics/chemistry related to the production of radionuclides and synthetic chemistry/pharmacy related to the production of radiopharmaceuticals. Faculty members in a variety of research fields, including not only medical fields specializing in radiology but also science fields specializing in nuclear physics, molecular biology, radiobiology and pharmaceutical science, and engineering fields specializing in radiodiagnosis and radiotherapy equipment are involved in the educational and research activities at this graduate school. I believe this is the best environment for engaging in biomedical science and engineering education and research, which is focused on utilizing the knowledge and skills of science and engineering in medicine to elucidate life phenomena, overcome diseases, and improve human health.
I hope students who have studied biomedical science and engineering at this graduate school will play a leading role in Japan and the world as well as contribute to society and medical care through research on cutting-edge science and engineering applied to medicine, and development research of new medical technology and equipment. We look forward to your continued support and encouragement.