The Institute of Laboratory Animals (ILA) was established in May 1972 as a joint
research facility for animal experiments carried out in the School of Medicine
(now the Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine). As well as conducting
animal experiments for the purposes of medical science, ILA manages breeding
programs to produce laboratory animals. Furthermore, the Institute is engaged
in the development of laboratory animals, and conducts education programs and
research in this area.
The building currently occupied by the ILA is an extended and improved version
of the original premises, and has been used in its present form since July 2003.
Equipped with the most up-to-date facilities and functions, the building was
designed and constructed in accordance with the following priorities:
||Spacious (adequate space for breeding experiments)
|| Aesthetically pleasing (attractive, hygienic, and highest
safety standards; free of offensive odors, out of consideration
both for personnel working in the building and the environment)
||User-friendly (emphasis on functionality, security measures,
and low running costs)
It is hoped that the ILA will be widely utilized and that the research
results obtained through animal experiments will contribute to advancements
in biomedical science as well as to the development and improvement of
methods of disease prevention and treatment.
The ILA has also been the core facility for the National BioResource
Project for the Rat in Japan since fiscal 2002.
The Congenital Anomaly Research Center was established
in April 1975 for the purpose of conducting research into human
prenatal medicine and the prevention of congenital anomalies
(birth defects). Since 1961, 44,000 specimens of human embryos
and fetuses have been collected and preserved, and records
maintained. Of these, around
embryos that are
up to the 8th week following fertilization, which corresponds
to the organogenesis stage, have been preserved as whole-body
With 474 particularly high quality examples of
such embryos being included in international human embryo registers,
the Center ranks second only to the Carnegie Collection in the U.S.,
which has 617 specimens of similar quality. The Congenital Anomaly Research
Center has the largest and highest quality collection of human embryos
in the world, and is available for use by researchers in related fields
both in Japan and overseas.
The Center is currently conducting research into the early stages of abnormal
morphogenesis, using genetic epidemiology methods to elucidate the etiology of
various types of birth defects. In addition, experimental research is being conducted
on the genesis mechanism for birth defects in order to identify some preventive
measures. The Center is one of the leading centers of human embryology and congenital
anomaly research in the world.
From September 2005 to August 2008, the Center will implement the Project for Establishing a Database of 3D Human Embryo Images, selected as part of the Japan Science and
Technology Agency bioinformatics promotion scheme. Using the specimens preserved
at the Center, this project will create a database of MR images of fetuses in
each stage of development, from the organogenesis stage until birth. In addition,
the project will take MR tomographic images and serial section images to produce
three-dimensional images of the formation of fetuses in each stage of development
as well as of the main organs, and create a database of these images.
Center for Anatomical Studies was set up in 1982 to provide a modern and
integrated facility for a range of activities concerned with human body
dissection. The creation of the Center meant that lectures on morphology,
practical training, routine dissection work, and research, which had previously
been conducted in the anatomy, pathology, and legal medicine buildings,
could now be performed in a single location. The Center is the leading establishment
of its kind in the country, comprising modern dissecting rooms, dissection
practice facilities, specimen depository, medical data room, laboratories,
and specimen preparation rooms. A lecture hall, histology practical training
room, and audiovisual study room are located in the west wing. In 1998,
the audiovisual study room on the fourth floorof the west wing was renovated,
and a Faculty of Medicine satellite seminar room was constructed as an annex
to theAcademicCenter for Computing and Media Studies, KyotoUniversity. Since
2003, the Center has been providing support to researchers and graduate
students in the Graduate School of Medicine for morphology research activities
such as immunostaining.
The several thousand macroscopic specimens collected by the Center during
the course of more than a century are on a scale unparalleled in the world.
This, combined with its modern facilities and equipment, make the Center
unique among universities.
The Human Brain Research Center (HBRC) was established in April 2000 to
further develop the world-class research into brain science being carried
out in Kyoto University in a comprehensive way. Specifically, this meant
integrating psychological, neurophysiological, and brain function imaging
research; creating a center for non-invasive research into higher brain
function; improving the overall efficiency of research; and making it
possible to actively promote the sharing of the research facility both
by those affiliated to the university as well as researchers from the wider
Currently, the activities of the HBRC go beyond the confines of neurophysiology
and brain function imaging to encompass research into the normal brain as
well as various kinds of neurological disorder, incorporating non-invasive
By carrying out research on human subjects to elucidate the functions of
the human brain and investigate the pathophysiology of the various disorders
that occur in the human brain, the HBRC aims to obtain data that will be
valuable in curing disease.
Sentences are being made now.
concerning medical education have currently become important issues for
The traditional style of medical education has mainly been carried out
through the efforts of individual departments of a medical school. Nowadays,
however, it is impossible to provide an appropriate medical education without
coordination of the efforts of individual sections. Therefore, the Center
for Medical Education has been established at Kyoto University to play a
central role in the promotion of modern medical education.
Opened in April 2002, the Office addresses the issue of how research achievements can be best returned for the benefit of society. This aim can be said to be one of the three major objectives of national universities; the first two being the education and the research itself. Excavating the seeds of innovation born within the medical field (centering around the Graduate School of Medicine) the office contributes to the development of improved healthcare by matching the university seeds with the market and industrial needs for collaborations.
The KUMBL Office consists of the Business Liaison Office of Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine and the Incubation Plaza. The objective of the Business Liaison Office of Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine is to promote further advances in the development of medical treatment and technology. It bridges the faculties in the medical field with industry through compiling university research and knowledge and emitting them to the outside. The office engages itself in many other technology transfer activities such as gathering information on ongoing research and projects, and assisting university researchers with patent applications, licensing and collaboration. Also providing support for contract negotiation and setting up of the start-up business, the Business Liaison Office of Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine functions as a one-stop shop for university-academia collaboration for the medical field.
The Incubation Plaza is a committee (Incubation Program Committee) consisting of Kyoto University, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital and Sumitomo Corporation that aims to put advances in medical research into practical applications within society. The plaza creates start-up business by selecting the researches, which holds promising business potential and investing the funding from Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Corporation into them. Through collaboration with the new start-up, it further promotes the establishment of future university spinouts and advances in further research.