Greeting from the Director


Under the rapid increase in the number of patients with diabetes worldwide and in Japan, Tokushima used to be the worst prefecture in Japan in the incidence of deaths related to diabetes since 1993. In order to meet the needs to overcome diabetes, the Diabetes Therapeutics and Research Center (DTRC) was established in January 2010, by calling together clinicians and basic researchers in Tokushima University who are engaged in diabetology.

The aims of this center are to develop cutting edge research activities and to bring up high-quality clinical ability on diabetes, by creating a platform to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology, as well as to provide collaborative and mutually supportive environment in clinical and basic research on diabetes. The DTRC is composed of clinical and basic research branches, and each branch has three and four divisions, respectively.

The members of the DTRC continue to pursue the goal of developing new strategies for overcoming diabetes and its complications. Through our efforts with the Tokushima Medical Association and Tokushima Prefecture, the incidence of deaths related to diabetes has been improved since 2014, and DTRC continuously contributes to create a better society with better health and to grow excellent scientists and clinicians who will fight against diabetes.


Munehiide Matsuhisa M.D.,Ph.D.
Director, Diabetes Therapeutics and Research Center
Tokushima University