Message from the Dean

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

Takeshi Nikawa

 The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS, a faculty affiliated institution) integrates three undergraduate faculties and five graduate schools (for education) of life sciences in medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, nutrition, and health sciences. BMS has become the central organization for education and research at Tokushima University, which defined itself as a research university as it became a national university corporation. As a hub for life science research like no other in this country, BMS has raised high expectations within and outside of the university.
 The ultimate goal of life science research is to discover effective diagnostic methods and develop preventive measures for and treatments of diseases to promote and maintain public health. To achieve this goal, what is expected of us is to accelerate the fostering of forward-thinking researchers with leadership who will play an active role internationally and, keeping a high level of motivation, carry out cutting-edge research and produce results of greater significance. As a professional organization, we will continue our efforts in disseminating achievements in our research to the world, keeping the goal of life science research firmly in mind.
 Twelve years has passed since the establishment of the predecessor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in April 2004. Integration of three faculties and five graduate schools affiliated with BMS has progressed rapidly as envisioned. With respect to education, we have achieved great results in constructing multidisciplinary framework by actively promoting communication and collaboration among researchers, specifically through various interacting opportunities and retreats organized by the educational clusters as well as joint symposia and public lectures. With respect to research, a variety of types of cooperation has been successfully promoted; they include not only cooperation among departments within BMS but also cooperation with different research areas; cooperation between basic research departments and applied research departments centering around the university hospital through translational research; as well as cooperation with advanced research establishments outside of the university including those overseas. With such cooperation, life science research with characteristics found in no other organizations is carried out here.
 Along with the change of the name to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) in April 2015, our departments were also reorganized to parallel the organization of out educational institutions. We will continue our efforts in making BMS a more powerful research institution. We would like to ask for the understanding and support not only of researchers and medical professionals but also of the general public.

April 2016