Introduction

The Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science unites the concepts and technologies of science and engineering, including material science, electronics, mechanical engineering and its related disciplines with biological sciences such as cell biology, pharmacology, medicine and so on. With the Institute for Medical Engineering, inaugurated in 1969, as its predecessor, it was established in 2001 as a center for biomedical engineering research aimed at improving medical care while seeking a deeper understanding of the body. We are pursuing advanced medical treatments that cross the boundaries of conventional fields. To achieve this, we collaborate with the TWMU clinical and basic research departments, Waseda Graduate School, Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Osaka University Departments of Ophthalmology and Surgery I, Tohoku University Department of Ophthalmology, Tokyo Medical & Dental University, and other universities and research institutes.

 

The principles for cooperation between medicine and engineering

・ combined center for bold solutions to unresolved issues
・ world-class center for science that can be applied in medical practice
・ center for continuous breakthroughs
・ center that fully implements advanced medical treatments
・ center for the development of personnel who will create new fields

The Institute is a combined medical engineering research and education center under the direction of Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University. In April 2008, the Tokyo Women's Medical University - Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) opened.

Within TWIns, we established the Advanced Medical Sciences Research Center centered on the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science with the aim of establishing a new industry and new academic fields in the area of advanced medical treatment.
Tokyo Women's Medical University
We established the Advanced Medical Sciences Research Center centered on the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science and we are planning to have six fields with the newly added Field of Advanced Healthcare Policy in the earlier Graduate School of Medicine, Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science course.
Waseda University
With researchers gathered from biomedical fields, particularly from the Faculties of Science and Engineering and of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, we began a program of education and research in advanced medical science, engineering and life sciences, making the whole school a wide-open venue.
Since 1965, Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University have conducted joint research in interdisciplinary fields such as biomedicine, medical engineering and artificial organs, including research and development of artificial hearts. In 2000 we officially finalized an academic exchange agreement, and the "joint graduate school" emerged based on the intercollegiate agreement between the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering & Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University and the Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering. Now we are jointly conducting advanced research in medicine, and science and engineering, while graduate students are pursuing joint research, teaching and exchange. Building on this foundation, the two universities decided to establish a graduate school within the same campus to pursue the possibilities of biomedicine more intensively. In 2008, we began a new graduate school curriculum with the purpose of creating a new industry and establishing new academic fields in advanced medicine.

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