SUIGEN Vol.8  

Issued on January 31, 2024

  Research Enhancement Strategy for Three Domains of "Health"

    Executive Vice-President for Research and Planning
    Director of Organization to Promote Research and Univeristy-Industry Collaboration
    Professor Minoru Hanaya

    Gunma University positions "Food and Health Science" as one of the research and education fields to be strengthened in the medium to long term. As a university with an affiliated hospital, Gunma University has accumulated experience in clinical practice and research in medicine and life science. In the strategy to enhance research capabilities in "Food and Health Science," Gunma University not only pursues a healthy lifestyle but also maintains and enhances the environment and society related to food production, distribution and consumption. The university also aims to reinforce the function of cultivating highly skilled professionals in this field. Through these efforts, Gunma University aims to play a role as a hub of knowledge in the region, contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How to Maintain the Ability to Conceive Amid the Trend of Delayed Childbirth
       ~ Development of World-Standard Preconception Care and Monitoring Methods
    Executive Vice-President for Education and Evaluation
    Distinguished Professor Kunihiko Hayashi

    The increasing number of women is facing infertility issues due to delayed childbirth. Maintaining the ability to conceive health pregnancies until the "late stage of female reproductive maturity", typically between 37 and 45 years old, is a challenge. The Gunma University team is exploring solutions to this challenge through a large-scale women's cohort study. Professor Hayashi who has a global authority in this research filed has initiated and led this study.

To View Holistically As a Specialized Field "General Medicine"
       ~ The Required High Clinical Reasoning Ability and Collaborative Management Skills ~

    Department of General Practice Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine
    Director of General Medicine
    Professor Keiko Kowase

    With the progress of medical science, specialization has advanced, leading to the division of medical departments based on organs and diseases. At Gunma University Hospital, even within the category of "Internal Medicine," there are seven specialized departments: Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Nephrology and Rheumatology, Hematology, and Neurology. Similarly, in the field of general surgery, there are seven specialized departments based on organs. In total, there are 29 medical departments, and "General Medicine" is one of them. Amidst increasing specialization and subdivision, there is a growing demand for comprehensive medical care that captures patients holistically without limiting treatment to specific organs or diseases. Addressing this need is the field of "General Medicine". General medicine requires a broad and rich knowledge of medicine and the skills to accurately assess physical conditions. In this context, Department of General Practice Medicine plays a complementary role. Leading both departments since November 2021 is Professor Kowase, the first female professor in the Graduate School of Medicine.

A Comprehensive Practitioner Incorporating Kampo Medicine in Medical Care

    Department of General Practice Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor Hiroko Sato

    Associate Professor Sato is a supervisory physician in the field of "General Practice Medicine," responsible for clinical work in the "General Medicine" at the University Hospital. Additionally, she is a specialist in Oriental Medicine (Kampo) and oversees "Japanese and Chinese Medicine," including the establishment of a "Cancer Kampo Support Clinic." She emphasizes that "Oriental Medicine complements comprehensive healthcare." Furthermore, she is actively involved in the education of medical students in the field of Kampo medicine through practical training.

Education in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Medical Students

Development of a Multi-Egg Weigher for Measuring the Mass of in Vitro Fertilized Embryos
    Department of Electronics and Informatics, Graduate School of Science and Technology
    Professor Hayato Sone

    Professor Hayato Sone has been accumulating achievements in the research and development of sensors that use ultrafine measurement and processing techniques in the nanometer rage to detect minute biomaterials conveniently and with high sensitivity. Currently, he is working on a device to quantitatively measure the mass of in vitro fertilized eggs, which is a pioneering field. If successful, it is expected to contribute to the improvement of success rates in infertility treatment.

Development of a Highly Sensitive and Rapid Detection System for Trace Amounts of Biomolecules
    Department of Electronics and Informatics, Graduate School of Science and Technology
    Assistant Professor Zhang Hui

    Amid the global challenge of controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, there is a strong demand for testing methods that provide higher accuracy than antigen antibody tests and shorter turnaround times than PCR tests. Assistant Professor Zhang is engaged in the research and development of biosensors that can rapidly and sensitively detect trace amounts of biomaterials in specimens. Utilizing nano-fabrication techniques, she creates silicon "nano wires" and collaborates with computational science to optimize the sensor's structure, electrical properties, and surface conditions. The goal is to detect specific substances efficiently and sensitively. In the future, the aim is to develop a measurement system capable of simultaneously detecting multiple biomaterials with a single sample solution collected in medical settings.


The Education-Related Shared Facility for Medical Safety Has Started Operations

    Gunma University's Medical Safety Education Facility has been recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology as an "Educational Collaboration Utilization Hub," serving as a Faculty Development (FD) activity hub for university faculty members nationwide involved in training professionals in various fields such as medical care, health, caregiving, welfare, and education. With this designation, Gunma University can expand its excellent educational content and methods developed in the field of health care to education in various other professions, further enhancing its capabilities. The recognition of this hub allows Gunma University to collaborate with other universities, enabling the development of diverse and advanced education across the entire spectrum of university education. It's worth noting that the Educational Collaboration Utilization Hub for Medical Safety Education Methods is the only one of its kind in Japan. This recognition is a result of Gunma University's concerted efforts by faculty members to contribute to medical safety reform. The university's Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation has been recognized as a collaborative utilization and research hub for "research" since the 2010 fiscal year. By combining these hubs for "education" and "research," Gunma University will further enrich its educational and research activities.

Core members of Gunma University's Medical Safety Education Facility

Next-Generation Mobility Open Innovation Council

    Gunma University established the Center for Research on Adoption of NextGen Transportation Systems (CRANTS) in December 2016, with a focus on researching the next generation of mobility in society. Based on their research, they aim to demonstrate and promote the adoption of new transportation systems. As part of its commitment to one of its research themes, the societal introduction of fully automated vehicle systems, CRANTS created the Next Generation Mobility Open Innovation Council in May 2017 as a platform for collaboration between academia, industry and the local community. Various companies from industries such as automotive, parts manufacturing, finance, and insurance are actively participating. The council organizes research meetings, test rides of automated vehicles, facility tours, and other events. The annual general meeting serves as a forum to review the results of CRANTS' research and demonstrations, as well as the initiatives of collaborating companies and local authorities. These meetings and tours consistently attract many participants, fostering lively discussions. While the initiative is praised for keeping up with trends in advanced technological research, there are also calls for it to serve as an opportunity where the needs and concerns of transportation operators, residents, and future users can be considered.

Facility Tour

Tour of Automated Vehicle

Presentation at the Research Workshop

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