Kagoshima University Graduate school of Medical and Dental Sciences
SANO Akira, PhD, Dean
Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences was established in April 2003 by integrating the Graduate Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Fourteen graduate research departments were integrated and optimized to provide research and education regarding disease prevention and cutting-edge medicine via the doctoral degree programs of Health Research and Advanced Therapeutics. Shortly thereafter in 2004, the master degree program of Medical Science was launched along with 5 new graduate school research centers, including the Center for Chronic Viral Diseases.
A third of the graduate departments are endowed, which include Medical Joint Materials, Cardiac Repair and Regeneration, System Biology in Thromboregulation, The Near-Future Locomotor Organ Medicine Creation Course, HGF Tissue Repair and Regenerative Medicine. Each department is conducting innovative global and regional research on important subjects in the fields of medical and dental science. Some of the notable research conducted so far includes Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and HTLV-1-associated myelopathy (HAM), citrin deficiency, Fabry’s disease, thrombomodulin hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and gene therapy for cancer.
Unique to the Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences are the locally oriented studies that have generated regional and international interest. Distinctive areas of research include the longevity of the Amami islands inhabitants, outer space medicine and the study of miniature pigs for organ transplantation. In addition, the graduate school aims to conduct international collaborative research with a focus on East Asia, the South Pacific and the Muslim world.
To meet the emerging needs of a rapidly changing world, our graduate school strives to foster multidisciplinary collaboration across other departments and graduate schools within Kagoshima University. Interdisciplinary collaboration is vital for the continued success of the Center for Research of Advanced Diagnosis and Therapy of Cancer, and the Cancer and Center for Integrative Life Sciences. Going forward, the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences will continue its efforts to establish new research and educational facilities for translational cancer, psychosomatic medicine and rehabilitation research.
The Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences aims to develop graduates with a high sense of ethics who are capable of working as both researchers and practitioners. As part of the university globalization strategy, we highly encourage foreign students to apply to the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences master and doctoral degree programs.