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Advanced Life Medicine Center Launched based on the Collaboration between Waseda University and Tokyo Women's Medical University

On April 1, Waseda University established "Advanced Life Medicine Center" (located at 2-2 Wakamatsu-cho, Shinjuku-ku), where advanced medical research is conducted by fusing medicine, science, and engineering, in collaboration with Tokyo Women's Medical University. This center is housed in "Facility for Advanced Life Medicine Research and Education (Building No. 50)," a new facility having three stories above the ground and two stories under the ground with a gross floor area of about 20 thousand square meters, which was established in the vicinity of Kawada-cho Campus of Tokyo Women's Medical University. The two universities conduct collaborative researches in a broad range of fields, including organ transplantation, regenerative medicine, medical robotics, and genetic diagnosis technology. In addition, we aim to establish a joint graduate school.

Waseda University relocated School of Advanced Science and Engineering, etc. to this center, and Tokyo Women's Medical University also relocated existing institutes, etc. to this center. This center houses a laboratory shared by over 400 researchers, and will have "Dry Lab," where physicians can practice surgery using artificial organs.

Since 1965, Waseda University has cooperated with Tokyo Women's Medical University in interdisciplinary fields, including artificial heart and organs, beyond the medical and engineering scopes, and has achieved a lot of successful results. We will fuse the knowledge of medicine, science, and engineering at the new facility, advance our research and development, and pursue new academic fields in life medical engineering.

Seeing the establishment of this center, President Katsuhiko Shirai of Waseda University mentioned, "The completion of facilities in which many researchers in medicine, science, and engineering can pursue their studies persistently at the same place is meaningful for tackling the important medical and health issues of the 21st century," and President Shunichi Miyazaki of Tokyo Women's Medical University mentioned, "This center will become the foothold for conducting fundamental research into new internationally-competitive medical technology and applying it to advanced medicine through the collaboration among industry, academia, and government. As the cooperation beyond the borders of medicine, science, and engineering is further strengthened, we would like to actualize epoch-making, cutting-edge facilities where collaborative work can be conducted freely."