Director’s Message

As we enter the 21st century, we see that the start of this new century is a time of significant change. The world of medicine is no exception. Biomedical engineering (BME) research is becoming a very active area. By going beyond the confines of conventional medicine and combining the concepts and technologies of cell biology and pharmacology with the materials, machinery and data handling of science and engineering, BME seeks to enhance medical care while pursuing a deeper understanding of the body.

Tokyo Women's Medical University was quick to focus on BME. In 1969, we inaugurated the Institute for Medical Engineering and since then we developed it into the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. While consistently grasping the trends of the times, we have made significant contributions to creating the leading edge healthcare of the future. To welcome in the new century, we established the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science in 2001 to strengthen our approach to BME research.

In order to realize the vision behind its foundation, the Institute has created a totally unique research system of a kind not seen anywhere else in the world, with an educational program to match it. The staff are researchers trained in a range of fields including science and engineering, biochemistry, cell biology and medical science. In addition to the doctors who are active in clinical practice here, just as our name suggests, we reflect the merger of bioscience, medicine and engineering at the personnel level. This approach was also taken with the Advanced Biomedical Science course established at the Graduate School in April 2001, and in the Bio-Medical Curriculum which provides systematic medical education for mature students who are working in the healthcare industry. In other words, all of the programs offer a venue for research and training, not only to graduates of medical school but also to science, engineering and pharmacology graduates as well. The Bio-Medical Curriculum is also open to humanities graduates.

In pursuing our research, we seek active coordination with the clinical and basic medicine courses at the TWMU graduate school as well as the Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering, our partner graduate school. We also cooperate with the science, engineering, biology and pharmacology departments of other universities, and with a range of relevant agencies. From 1999, we started a medical engineering laboratory project with support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), creating an organization for establishing cooperation between industry, government and academia. From 2003, the Cell Sheet Engineering Research Center was established as a High-Tech Research Center under the Project to Promote Advanced Academic Research at Private Universities established by MEXT. At the same time, the Regenerative Medicine Center was established under the 21st Century COE Program and we began to put in place the framework for establishing clinical applications of the world-leading technologies developed at this Institute.