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Institute of Cutaneous Cell Biology

Founded in 2010, this research institute was established as the Kurume University Institute of Cutaneous Cell Biology. This institute was granted the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research and Strategic Research Basis Formation Supporting Project in Private Universities by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and Health and Labour Sciences Research Grants and the grants for Research on Measures for Intractable Diseases by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in April 2009.

This institute is widely open for collaborative researchers in and outside of Kurume University, in either domestic institute or institute abroad. This institute performs many translational researches between various skin diseases and basic researches of the skin. There are three main subjects for this institute, i.e., (1) keratinocyte cell biology (mainly, pathogenicity, diagnosis and treatment of various autoimmune bullous skin diseases, (2) genetic studies of various hereditary skin diseases of the epidermis, and (3) basic cutaneous immunology. This is the first Japanese institute mainly for the studies of keratinocyte biology.