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Research Center for Innovative Cancer Therapy

The Kurume University Research Center for Innovative Cancer Therapy (termed the“Cancer Research Center”) was founded in 1997 in part by the support of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a new project, entitled“Establishment of new high technology-research centers in the private universities”(see footnote below). The main objective of this Cancer Research Center is to provide research facilities for development of innovative cancer therapy.

The Cancer Research Center has a floorspace of 1,317 square meters and is located on the fourth floor of the Basic Medical Science Building 2. It is fully equipped with research facilities to assure advanced research for innovative cancer therapy. The center provides research facilities for cell culture, gene amplification, gene cloning and sequencing, and functional analysis of gene products. A radioisotopes research facility which operates around the clock is also located in the center. All of the researchers including graduate students of Kurume University can utilize the center.

There are three major research projects in the center as follows:
 1) Cloning genes encoding tumor-rejection antigens recognized by cytotoxic Tlymphocytes (directed by the Department of Immunology).
 2) Growth inhibition of hepatocellular carcinoma cells by gene manipulation (directed by the Second Department of Internal Medicine).
 3) Molecular targeting cancer therapy (molecular surgery, directed by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Multidisciplinary Treatment Center)

This center provides a scientific basis for the development of new cancer therapy. The Kurume University Hospital also opened a Multidisciplinary Cancer Therapy Center in early 1998 that consists of 73 beds for multidisciplinary cancer therapy and 12 beds for palliative cancer therapy. Both the Cancer Research Center and the Cancer Therapy Center have been playing a central role as a comprehensive cancer center in Western Japan.

※A project to establish new high technology research centers in the private universities was launched by the national government in 1996. The main aim of this constructive project was to promote innovative scientific research in Japan. Only Kurume University and three other medical colleges and universities in Japan were nominated by a government committee for the project. The nomination was based on a favorable evaluation by the committee on the high level of general research for innovative cancer therapy at Kurume University over the past decade.