Introduction to Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute


 Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute engages in basic and applied research and advanced professional education in life sciences and aims to contribute to academic research development and health promotion through research and education related to the cause, preventive medicine, and therapeutic methods for various major diseases。

 In the first phase, the institute conducts research as well as translational research centered on infection control in order to clarify the mechanism of infection and develops technologies for preventive medicine and treatment.

 Basic and applied research are conducted in accordance with the keywords "infection control", "activation of biological functions", "translational research of bioactive compounds", and "surveillance". Furthermore, in cooperation with the graduate schools of Kitasato University, the institute aims to apply and develop the basic research conducted in the graduate schools and foster distinguished researchers and specialists.

The Relationship between Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute and the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences

 Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute operates as a research unit and "basic organizational unit other than graduate schools for graduate education and research" as stated in the School Education Act.
On the other hand, as an educational unit, the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, established in 2002 as an independent graduate school, provides postgraduate education to foster people who can conduct research on infection control.
 Although the vertical and hierarchical structures of the existing educational research institutes attached to the university departments and graduate schools are suitable for concentrated studies in specialized fields of study, such structures are occasionally unsuitable for education and research applying interdisciplinary research and high technologies in the field of infection control.

 Therefore, we formed a horizontal organization in which the research unit and educational unit are independent from each other. In the research unit, Ōmura Satoshi Memorial Institute allows its users to flexibly develop research projects.
 In the educational unit, the Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences collaborates with other graduate schools as well as academic research institutes both in and out of Japan in order to facilitate interdisciplinary research and mobility, as well as provide education through problem-based learning.