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Introduction to the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences

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Educational Objectives

     In order to provide education and conduct research on the control of infectious diseases and major associated diseases and the development of new medicines, the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences provides education with a focus on preventive medicine and therapeutic methods, and also aims to foster people with interdisciplinary capacities and advanced technologies to conduct academic research.
     The objectives of its education and research are to:

(1)  determine the mechanisms of pathogenic microbes and
    states of infectious diseases,
(2)  apply genomic analysis to the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases and
    determination of target molecules,
(3)  establish diagnosis/prevention/treatment methods based on
    advanced biotechnologies,
(4)  conduct translational research on microbial- and plant-derived
    bioactive compounds, and
(5)  conduct research and studies related to infection control.

Curriculum Policy

     As its curriculum policy, the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences aims to foster experts in the field of life sciences, who specialize in the control of and drug development for infectious diseases and their major associated diseases with interdisciplinary capacities and highly advanced skills to solve problems.
     Thus, the curricula have been organized based on an "education network" that allows the students to:

(1)  ake classes in their own major subjects, present the results of
   their studies at meetings, and engage in special research, as well as take major and
   related subjects offered at other graduate schools to gain expertise in various fields
   of study, and
(2)@learn and refine their practical research skills by participating in project research at
   Kitasato Institute for Life Sciences, where they will gain hands-on experience in
   the  front line of their chosen subject area.

Diploma Policy

     The Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences promotes education and research on the control of and drug development for infectious diseases and their major associated diseases, and fosters, in an organized manner, experts, who can meet social demands in the field of life sciences.
Therefore, it has a policy to award academic degrees to:

(1)  students who have strived in their academic research and
   attained results in original and practical research,
(2)  students who have gained distinguished skills and capabilities to apply them to
   social changes, and
(3)  students who are of humane character and capable of academic exchange with
   researchers specializing in other fields of study.

Toward prospective students

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Master's Program

     Shortly after entering, all students will take a basic technical training seminar, which provides lectures aimed at acquainting students with basic experimental techniques for special research. Furthermore, our courses feature a series of special lectures on the latest findings in infection control science given by professors of major subjects in an omnibus format.

      In addition, our courses feature classes within the other graduate schools of Kitasato University for subjects related to the majors. By providing specialized knowledge in various fields of study, this program is designed to foster skills to detect and solve problems with a comprehensive perspective.

     This program is comprised of two courses: the Infection Control and Immunology course and the Drug Discovery Sciences course.

     The main subjects provided in each course are listed below.

Course Special fields of Study
Infection Control and Immunology course  Vaccinology I, Molecular Virology I,
 Molecular Microbiology I, Pathogenic Microbiology I,
 and Infectious Diseases Sciences I.
Drug Discovery Sciences course  Microbial Chemistry I, Bioorganic Chemistry I,
 Applied Science of Herbal Medicines I,
 Molecular Cellular Biology I, and Microbial Functions I.

Master's thesis presentation 2012

Doctoral Program

     Shortly after entering, students will attend briefing sessions on the computer network and library use, as well as a safety seminar (on the handling of chemical substances and microbes).
     People who have not taken the master's program offered by the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences can take a special seminar (basic technical training seminar).

     This program is comprised of two courses: the Infection Control and Immunology course and the Drug Discovery Sciences course.B

     The main subjects provided in each course are listed below.

Course Special fields of Study
Infection Control and Immunology course  Vaccinology II, Molecular Virology II,
 Molecular Microbiology II, Pathogenic Microbiology II,
 and Infectious Diseases Sciences II.
Drug Discovery Sciences course  Microbial Chemistry II, Bioorganic Chemistry II,
 Applied Science of Herbal Medicines II,
 Molecular Cellular Biology II, and Microbial Functions II.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

     JASSO offers "Category 1 loans (interest free)" and "Category 2 loans (with interest after graduation)". At the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, a total of 107 students received these loans by 2011.

Student loan
Master's Program 91
Doctoral Program 16

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Research Fellowship for Young Scientists)

     Since the foundation of the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, a total of 11 students, including students who have completed the doctoral program, have received the Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (doctoral fellowship 1 (DC1), DC 2, postdoc fellowship (PD), and superlative postdoc fellowship (SPD).

DC1 DC2 SPD Total
Doctoral Program 3 5 3 11

Note. DC2 includes students continuing from DC1. SPD includes students not registered at Kitasato University.

Kitasato University Scholarship and Student Loan

     Financial aid is offered to help students continue their studies at school if they have difficulty paying school fees due to financial difficulties caused by the unemployment or death of their family breadwinner or other reasons.

     This scholarship does not require repayment.

     This student loan requires repayment to the full amount in monthly or annual installments from one year after students have completed their courses.

Extended Study Period for the Completion of Studies

     This system allows students taking the doctoral program, who have difficulty devoting sufficient time to their studies due to employment, to set their study period for completing their courses to a maximum of five years.

Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant

     The teaching assistant (TA) system is offered to facilitate education and research at the graduate school as well as undergraduate education, and to foster young researchers.
     It is available to registered students taking the doctoral program.

     The research assistant (RA) system is offered to effectively promote research activities, facilitate studentsf research capacity, and foster young researchers' skills to conduct research.

     It is available to registered students taking the doctoral program. As research assistants, they shall participate in research funded by public research funds and funds for commissioned research at Kitasato Institute for Life Sciences and other facilities.

Efforts to Prevent Human Rights Violation (Harassment)

     In order to ensure that all students are treated with respect as individuals and can study in a proper and comfortable environment, Kitasato University takes measures to prevent human rights violations.

     The stance of Kitasato University concerning this issue is expressed in the "Declaration to Prevent Human Rights Violations" and "Guidelines for Preventing Human Rights Violations (Harassment)".

     If you suffer from an act that may be regarded as a human rights violation, please consult a human rights violation counselor or the student consultation office. Declaration to Prevent Human Rights Violations .


     The Kitasato Institute ensures the right of all of its students and staff engaging in education, studies, research, medical care, and other activities to be treated with respect as individuals and to demonstrate their individualities and abilities in a proper and comfortable environment without any human rights violations.
     In order to achieve this goal, Kitasato Research Institute declares to take all possible measures to prevent and deal with human rights violations as well as to keep and improve a good environment within the campus.

April 1, 2011
                                                                                                   The Kitasato Institute

Supporting Health and Safety

@At the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, all students must undergo an annual periodical medical check-up in April. A certificate of health, which is required for employment and higher school enrollment, will be produced based on the results of the periodical medical check-up.B
The medical check-up required to participate in recombinant DNA experiments and other special experiments is conducted annually in autumn.
Good physical and mental health is important in order to lead a fulfilling school life
. However, you may sometimes feel ill or encounter difficulties that cannot be solved on your own.

(Health Care Management Center, School Infirmary, and Student Consultation Office)

     Good physical and mental health is important in order to lead a fulfilling school life. However, you may sometimes feel ill or encounter difficulties that cannot be solved on your own.
     The school infirmary and Health Care Management Center can support you with health care management and health counseling, while the student consultation office can support you with your personal problems. Full-time counselors and staff are there to help you.
     Injuries that cannot be treated at the school infirmary can be treated at Kitasato Institute Hospital or Kitasato University Hospital.

     The students of Kitasato University are covered by Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research, which is run by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. Compensation is paid in accordance with the severity of unexpected physical injuries that may occur during school and research activities, extra-curricular activities, and travel to and from the university.

Academic Degrees

     A total of 181 students received their "Master of Infection Control Sciences" or "Master of Life Sicence" through the master's program by 2011.

     A total of 26 students received their "Doctor of Infection Control Sciences" or "Doctor of Life Sicence" through the doctoral program by 2011.

Infection Control
and
Immunology course
Drug Discovery Sciences course Total
Master's Program 59 122 181
Doctoral Program 11 15 26

Career Prospects after Receiving Academic Degrees

     Students who have completed courses with degrees at the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences have the opportunity to work as experts on infection control and drug development in the following fields:

- a manufacturing engineer, the person in charge of development, or a researcher at pharmaceutical, bioengineering, chemical, or food companies
- a researcher or technician at academic research institutes of medical care, health service, biological chemistry, or life sciences
- school personnel at universities, junior colleges, or other academic institutions providing education on life sciences
- a specialist at medical institutions, administrative agencies, international agencies, or other organizations

future course major place of employment
Graduate School/
study abroad
 Kitasato University, Tokyo University, Osaka University,
 University of Pennsylvania ,Colorado State University,
 The Scripps Research Institute. Scripps Florida, etc.
pharmaceutical company
chemical company
 Astellas pharmaceutical inc, Sumitomo chemical co ltd,
 Eiken chemical co ltd, Otsuka pharmaceutical co ltd,
 Takeda pharmaceutical co ltd, Chugai pharmaceutical co ltd, etc.
companyEhospital  etc  Toray industries inc, Meiji group, Ajinomoto co inc, Lion co.,
 University of Tsukuba hospital, Kameda medical center,
 Japanese red cross society, etc.

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