A Message from Dean

Dr. Shigeki Sano.jpg  Dr. Shigeki Sano

 

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tokushima University. An outline of the faculty and its organization, the staff members and details of the research of the various laboratories, information on events, and information about the faculty and the graduate school for those who are seeking admission to them are posted on this home page. Please do visit the various sections. We will now introduce the history of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tokushima,University as well as the aims of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

1.There is a blue-grey stone in the entrance hall of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tokushima University. Why is this?

Now, we welcome you to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Tokushima University. We would like to show you the paving stones. There is a blue-grey stone set in the entrance hall of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. A metal plate is set to the side of the blue-grey stone on which is written “Nagayoshi Nagai stepped on this stone when he left for Nagasaki in 1866".

 

Of course everyone has heard of Dr. Nagayoshi Nagai; he was born in 1845 into the family of the doctor of the Awa (Tokushima) fiefdom and, when he reached manhood at the age of fifteen, worked as an assistant doctor under his father. At the decree of the clan, he was sent to Nagasaki in 1866 to study chemistry. He then entered Daigaku Toko (now the University of Tokyo) from which he was sent as a government sponsored student to study chemistry under Professor Hoffman in Berlin. He returned to Japan at the age of thirty-nine, taught at the University of Tokyo, participated in the founding of Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and in 1885, at the age of forty, discovered ephedrine, a world-famous drug that is still in use today. He then went on to be the founding president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan and made a tremendous contribution to the development of pharmaceutical sciences in Japan. We could fill an entire book with a list of Dr. Nagai's achievements; however we will content ourselves with saying that he is known as the founding father of Japanese pharmaceutical sciences.

Dr. Nagai felt that Japan, which was making every effort to modernize, also needed educational institutions in the field of drug manufacturing. He considered that there was a need in his birthplace of Tokushima for an educational institution with the aim of drug development and made proposals to the state for its establishment; in Taisho 11 (1922) the predecessor of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokushima, the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry, was set up in Tokushima Higher Technical School. This was how the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokushima first began. Many faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences have been established in Japan, however the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokushima is the only one to have its origins within an engineering system. A tradition of drug development is therefore being passed down in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokushima. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences became independent of the Faculty of Engineering in Showa 26 (1951).

 

When the buildings were remodelled in Heisei 14 (2002) this blue-grey stone was given to us from Dr. Nagai's parental home and set into the entrance hall. Dr. Nagai stepped on this stone when he set off for Nagasaki in 1866. This blue-grey stone encapsulates our wish that young pharmaceutical scientists will grow and move out to find their place in the world.

 

2.The Kuramoto section of Tokushima University is a well-endowed campus where all the medical training courses are gathered together.

The entire medical training and education is concentrated in the Kuramoto Campus of Tokushima University. The Faculty of Medicine consists of the Department of Medicine (physicians), the Department of Nutrition (national registered dieticians) and the Department of Health Sciences (nurses, medical technologists, and radiological technologists). The Faculty of Dentistry consists of the School of Dentistry (dentists) and the School of Oral Health and Welfare (dental hygienist), The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences consists of the Department of Pharmacy (pharmacists) and the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry (pharmaceutical researchers). No other campus in Japan offers such an environment. In addition, the Departments of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy were amalgamated in Heisei 16 (2004) into a graduate school to form the Institute of Health Biosciences which promotes the joint education of students engaged in medicine and researchers.

 

3.The dawn of a new education in pharmaceutical sciences

There has been remarkable scientific progress in recent years and content is rapidly being upgraded and acquiring complexity. In line with the upgrading of medical treatment and the progressive separation of medical and dispensary practices, there is a real need to train pharmacists of high quality to provide support for medical treatment. At the same time, the training of the next generation of researchers in the field of pharmaceutics, in which our country, with its historical background and starting point of basic research, has acquired a high reputation throughout the world, is absolutely indispensable as one of the wheels of the pharmaceutical sciences. Based on the concept of “by means of research and teaching in the pharmaceutical sciences based on the life sciences, providing the necessary education to form the intellectual and technical foundations of pharmaceutical specialists and one that includes the sense of duty and moral outlook that is so deeply involved in medical treatment, to nurture people who will contribute to the health and welfare of mankind” our Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences established in April, Heisei 18 (2006) a six-year programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences with the aim of providing specialized education to train pharmacists and a four-year programme in Pharmaceutical Technochemistry with the aim of providing a specialized foundation education to train researchers in the science of drug development and manufacture. We recognize that both these courses of study are indispensable and form the twin wheels on which this Faculty is based. The educational concept behind each course of study is as follows.

 

4.The educational concept of the "Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry" and the "Department of Pharmaceutical Science"

Ever since it was founded more than eighty years ago in 1922, the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry has been based on the consistent concept of a tradition of “aiming to create new medicines” that fostered education and research championing the development of new drugs. Based on the nurturing of people who, via pharmaceutical products, will bear the grave responsibility of protecting the health of the general populace and maintaining its good health, it not only provides basic pharmaceutical knowledge and technical skills but also produces talented people who have a well-rounded humanity, the high moral outlook and refinement that medical treatment entails, and the ability to both discover issues and resolve problems, and ones who have a strong desire for life-long learning and who will contribute to the global fields of life sciences and the creation of new medicines.

 

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has as its foundation the training of talented people who, as medical personnel, will shoulder the momentous burden of protecting the lives of the general populace and preserving its health. In order to produce the pharmacists that society desires, as well as furnishing basic knowledge and technical skills it trains people to have a well-rounded humanity, a high view of life, and, as medical personnel, to possess refinement, the ability to both discover issues and solve problems, a life-long spirit of enquiry, the ability to get things done in the workplace, the consciousness of a co-medical staff worker and the abilities that go with that, a sense of protecting the health of the nation and a desire to learn that continues on into the future.

This faculty has a joint intake for both departments; students first acquire a thorough education in basic pharmaceutical science (the core), and then, depending on such things as individual ability, proceed along the route that is appropriate to them personally. We believe that this is appropriate in terms of both society and the individual’s future.
For further details please see under “To high school students” on this home page.

 

5.The characteristics of our institution's education

The education offered by our institution is characterized by not confining itself to lectures but also emphasizing drills, practical exercises for students, graduation thesis research, and research activities in the Graduate School. With “medicine” as our keyword, we promote the education of talented people who can be active in the two fields of drug development and medical treatment. From the second stage of the third year, students are assigned to a laboratory and given meticulously coaching for their graduation research. A maximum of six students are assigned to a single laboratory. Our educational objectives are as follows.

Educational objectives common to both departments

 

  • 1) To establish common courses within the faculty and ensure the acquisition of the basic knowledge and technical skills that form the foundation of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • 2) By means of education common to all subjects and education common to all medical personnel, to produce talented people who have a high moral outlook, a well-rounded humanity, flexible scientific thinking and the ability to communicate.
  • 3) By means of individual coaching with an emphasis on the graduation thesis, to have our students acquire the ability to discover issues and solve problems, and to produce talented people who possess a lifelong desire for study and research.

 

The educational objectives of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technochemistry
  • 1) By means of linked study from the fourth year of undergraduate studies that presumes that the student will go on to the first and second stages of the Graduate School’s PhD. course, to train talented people who will be able to make a contribution in the fields of drug development and “Soyaku” (the creation of new medicines) both in Japan and overseas in the future.
  • 2) To have the students who graduate from this faculty acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the life sciences centring on basic pharmaceutical sciences, a basic knowledge of pharmaceutical technochemistry and, by way of their graduation research, the ability to solve problems, and to produce talented people who will play an active role in such diverse spheres as drug information, health pharmacy, social pharmacy and healthcare.

 

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 1) As well as to train medical personnel who have acquired via practical training the ability to get things done in the workplace, to produce the consciousness of being a co-medical staff member and the abilities that go with that via the implementation of medical training with an emphasis on the Research Center for Education of Health Bioscience.
  • 2) To provide education based on the results of the Institute of Health Biosciences and the Graduate School Pharmaceutical Sciences, and to train talented people who will become leaders in medical research and play a useful role on the medical frontline.

 

6.Initiatives in the education of pharmacists

In Heisei 18 (2006) we were selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Programme to train high quality medical personnel to meet the social needs of regional medical treatment etc. Project name: Implementing education of pharmacists that is directly connected to the medical frontline (a three-year project)”. This project is making steady progress. Please look on this home page for further details. In addition, our institution came top amongst the national and public universities in terms of the pass rate for recent graduates in the National Examination of Pharmacists in Heisei 18 (2006).

 

7.Contributions to society

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences endeavours to make a positive contribution to society via such things as returning the fruits of our academic research to society and making efforts to provide enlightenment about medicines. Our efforts to achieve this include the opening of our affiliated gardens of medicinal plants to the public in the spring and autumn, postgraduate extension lectures, a network of clinical pharmacists, the holding of open days on campus and lectures in other locations, and hosting various kinds of lectures and symposia. The schedule for these is posted on the home page for you to view.

 

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