Message from the Director

 Akira Tangoku, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
(Director of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences)

 

 Nearly 60 years has passed since the establishment of the Graduate School of Medicine at Tokushima University. During these years, the graduate school produced numerous researchers and made significant academic achievements. With the establishment of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2004, two graduate schools co-existed side by side for 11 years until the Graduate School of Medicine was effectively closed in March 2015 with the graduation of the last student. We are very grateful for the support and efforts of the members of the faculty and administrative staff as well as the alumni for the successful closure of the Graduate School of Medicine and transition to the Graduate School of Medical Sciences. From now on, we will consolidate our efforts on the Graduate School of Medical Sciences in continuing our graduate education.
 Currently, Tokushima University is undergoing a university-wide organizational reform. In the Graduate School of Medical Sciences, too, we must promptly undertake organizational reform and renewal of the management system. The name of the faculty affiliated institution used for 11 years since April 2004 was changed from the Institute of Health Biosciences to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Taking this opportunity, we are going to review the organization of the graduate schools including the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and would like to make progress in building a foundation for new development.
 The largest issue we now face is the recruitment of students for both doctoral and master’s programs. As a hub for life science research, the Kuramoto campus of Tokushima University raises high expectations within and outside of the university. To meet such expectations, we need to produce excellent researchers. With the establishment of the Institute of Advanced Medical Sciences, which integrated the Institute for Enzyme Research and the Institute for Genome Research as well as Fujii Memorial Institute of Medical Sciences established in 2013 and Diabetes Therapeutics and Research Center established in 2011, we have achieved a great enhancement in our research organization. Building on this and taking a long-range perspective, we would like to establish a solid foundation for fostering new researchers. Specifically, we would like to continue producing researchers who have a high level of motivation by increasing the enrollment to the M.D.-Ph.D. course, cooperating with associated establishments outside of the university, and actively accepting researchers from overseas.

April 2017