Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

Message from the Director

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Yoshio Koyanagi
Director of Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences
Kyoto University

This institute is based on the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, which was renamed in 1998 after passing through the Chest Disease Research Institute from the Tuberculosis Research Institute established in 1941 and the Institute for Virus Research established in 1956. Institute for Frontier Medical Science generated the establishment of human embryonic stem cells (ES cells), discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), discovery of regulatory T cells (2019 Honorary Professor Shimon Sakaguchi, the Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan) and bases in regenerative medicine, contributing to the establishment of an innovative foundation. Its clinical application is imminent. On the other hand, the Institute for Virus Research led the dawn of molecular biology in Japan and produced many molecular biologists, and also discovered the causative virus (HTLV) of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) in viral infectious diseases. (2009 Honorary Professor Yurio Hinuma, the Order of Culture from the Emperor of Japan). The virus research has been succeeded by RNA virus research such as AIDS virus, Borna virus (CNS virus), and Influenza virus. Research on the new coronavirus, which had an outbreak in 2019, was started, and the importance of virus research was again recognized. In addition to these researches, it is a research center for medical and life sciences with an expert in Immunology, Embryology, Stem cell science, Protein science, Mathematical science, and Genomic medicine.

Our institute has been appointed as Joint Usage/Research Center for Transdisciplinary Collaboration on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and as Joint Usage/Research Center for Fusion of Advanced Technologies and Innovative Approaches to Viral Infections and Life Science. In addition, we have many achievements to further develop the basic functions and to flourish as a biomedical research hub.

In the modern world, rapid globalization has progressed, and scientific research fields have progressed day by day, making it both fascinating and attentive. We at the University Research Institute play the role of fostering human resources who will carry out scientific research and the promotion of the acquisition of human intelligence. We are striving every day to fulfill our mission as a research organization that conducts medical and life science research that contributes to humanity, not limited to regenerative medicine and virology. We would appreciate your support.

May, 2020

Yoshio Koyanagi, MD., Ph.D.
Director of Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences