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About CMSI

The University of Tokyo Global COE program, titled Medical System Innovation through Multidisciplinary Integration (Center for Medical System Innovation, or CMSI), is a new education program aimed at nurturing and training leaders who promote innovation in the medical field from a global perspective.
The program aims at integration of knowledge and experience at the individual level through practical curriculum including lectures on latest achievement in an interdisciplinary field involving medicine, engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences as well as lectures on social contribution studies, interdisciplinary hands-on training, long-term internship programs at companies and foreign universities, and case studies.

Mission Statement

Japan is one of the most mature or super-aging societies in the world and is seeking to establish a new social system to prepare for an unprecedented condition for all nations. In particular, medicine-related industries have drawn attention from people who value a healthy, peaceful life and are considered to play a key role in this scientific and technological nation. To become a world leader in industries is considered the first priority of the national strategy. Greater efforts have recently been made to accelerate the introduction of advanced science and technology in the medical field in response to a growing need for minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment as the ultimate goal of advanced medicine, molecular targeted drug discovery, and establishment of nanomedicine, a medical system on the basis of nanotechnology and nanoscience, both of which play a key role in the realization of regenerative medicine. The establishment of nanomedicine is based on the development and integration of three pillars, namely (1) nanobiology to analyze biological functions and structures at the nanoscale, (2) nanoengineering to create the systems and devices inspired by the biological functions and structures, and (3) nanomanipulation to use the knowledge and devices to manipulate the living body at the nanoscale level for medical purposes. The CMSI has already developed a strong scientific and technological foundation for these three pillars and, through their further promotion, will educate and train researchers who will lead the transfer of research results to society. We should well understand that advanced science and technology may raise not only expectations but anxiety in society and thus have to promote research while maintaining the proper balance between academic and social interests rather than confining ourselves in an ivory tower and being dogmatic.
Thus, standing on its solid foundation for promotion of the world's most advanced research and development and advanced medicine built in close cooperation with the fields of medicine, engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences, the CMSI will establish a framework that provides researchers with the opportunity to learn the reality of a variety of practical applications and industries and gain experience in the real world. Making full use of this framework, the CMSI will integrate multiple disciplines for materialization of an advanced medical system into a science and develop an educational system designed to educate cosmopolitan individuals who will lead the field. Those individuals are expected to demonstrate the ability to understand, promote, and evaluate advanced science and technologies typified by nanomedicine; have a wide insight into society, economics, and management; lead society; and pave the way for the practical application and industrialization of the advanced science and technology.

Human Resource Development Overview
Human Resource Development Overview

Message from Program Leader

Kazunori Kataoka (project leader)


Being a super-aging society without parallel in the world, Japan is seeking to establish a new social system. Meanwhile, to compete favorably with other countries, it is essential for Japan to promote (1) technological innovation in advanced medicine typified by nanomedicine and (2) social and economic innovation, that is, innovative efforts to promote social acceptance of research results and return research benefits to society with respect to health and medicine.
Standing on its solid foundation for promotion of the world's most advanced research and development and advanced medicine built in close cooperation among the departments of medicine, engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences, the CMSI will actively provide opportunities to learn examples of a variety of practical applications, meet with businesspersons or researchers from different disciplines, and gain global experience. The CMSI is determined to promote integration of different disciplines for establishment of a better medical system and train global leaders who have deep knowledge of technology and real humanity and lead the future health and medical industries.

CMSI Logo

- CMSI Logo -





- Value to be provided -

A new discipline is produced by intellectual fusion of medicine, engineering, and pharmaceutical sciences rather than physical interdisciplinary integration of the three.
The CMSI works at the global level. The design should also have high quality as the University of Tokyo should be competitive at the global level.

- Concept -

With consideration for the interaction between nanotechnology and living organisms and a motif of the hexagon used for chemical formulae, a shiny green, stereoscopic hexagonal logo is designed to represent the identity, evolution, expansion, and dynamism of living organisms. The CMSI has developed its original font by integrating the Mincho and Gothic fonts. This is a totally new font that features the fineness of the Mincho font and the strength of the Gothic font. With this logo, we globally present the identity of the CMSI.

- Development of the logo -

Takuji Takato (T2 Field)