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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 initiatives such as 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.
In 2016, the Division of Brain Science and Division of Regulatory Science, which had accomplished their predetermined objectives, were abolished. With the establishment of the Department of Medical and Health Research Promotion Involving Human Subjects, research activities are currently in progress at five departments.


(As of July 2017)

Molecular/Cellular ImagingDirector Mitsuhiro Yoshioka

This cutting-edge research department 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
  • Functional Image Science

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue EngineeringDirector Norimasa Iwasaki

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

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

Photonic BioimagingDirector Hisataka Sabe

The department 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

Proton Beam Therapy ResearchDirector Hiroki Shirato

The department 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

Medical and Health Research Promotion Involving Human SubjectsDirector Akiko Tamakoshi

The department focuses on research involving human subjects in order to promote human health maintenance and promotion, accelerate patients' recovery from illness and help improve the quality of their lives.

  • Public Health
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research and Medical Innovation Center, Hokkaido University Hospital
  • [Principal Laboratory] An organization selected from among key departments (including affiliated educational and research facilities) in the Faculty of Medicine; close relations with the Collaborative Laboratory
  • [Collaborative Laboratory] An organization with external funding at which research projects are implemented in collaboration with the Principal Laboratory
  • [Extra Support Organization] A non-Faculty of Medicine organization contributing to project research collaboratively implemented by the Principal Laboratory and the Collaborative Laboratory