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Research center for medicine-engineering collaboration

Innovative features of the Center

A unique characteristic of this Research Center is the progress it has made in research based on the superior human and technical resources at the disposal of researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan University in the areas of nanoprocessing, microprocessing, and materials processing.

Another key characteristic is the University’s human and technical superiority in the fields of mechanobiology and biomechanics. The Research Center harnesses this competitive edge in its research to achieve technological innovations in mechanobiology research—and even to create entirely new research fields.

Despite the outstanding quality of medical and related fundamental research in Japan, medical applications of research results have lagged behind, with some observers suggesting that Japan trails far behind Europe and the USA. This Research Center has strong connections to the medical field and is organized to facilitate the feedback of research results to clinical medicine. We’re currently seeking to advance research in the development of biomolecule sensing devices, cell differentiation control devices, and biomaterials to combat tissue and organ diseases, with the goal of identifying medical applications for the real world.

A large part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s current medical research budget funds medical research organizations directly under its control, including medical research laboratories and hospitals. However, the establishment of this Research Center will make it possible to harness the assets created by the outstanding staff and facilities at Tokyo Metropolitan University to advance Tokyo’s medical research.

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cartilaginous tissue repaired using stem cells