Our Vision at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa

As we all know, the population in Japan has continued to decline. According to the latest forecast, the population will drop to under 100 million in 2050 and 48 million in 2100, while the percentage of population over age 65 will exceed 35% . As the super-aging society approaching in Japan, it challenges us to think about what is the solution for healthy and enriched society and to find out technical obstacle to be overcome by a backcasting approach.

"Biomedical engineering" is seeking one of the solution to solve the problem. We aim to make full use of our engineering expertise to realize medical "service" by developing advanced medical diagnostic and/or therapeutic equipment. We expect that our research results will be the key that can solve social major problems. By leveraging our resources and expertise, we have set new challenges continually, and have pursued the development of research in order to address social needs. Also, we envision the development of future leaders with advanced research skills and wide perspective, who would contribute to promote and supervise research while improving their own abilities and skills.

Inaugurated on April 1st, 2008 as the first graduate school of biomedical engineering in Japan, the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering of Tohoku University has celebrated its 10th anniversary. In the meantime, we have obtained feedback from our students and continuously improved the educational contents of the courses. For students with an engineering background who have little knowledge of medicine and biology, we offer a block course in the first segment of the Master's program for systematic learning of medicine at molecular, cellular and organ levels, and thoroughly initiate them to the demands in medicine at the initial stage of study through practical courses in molecular biology and physiology as well as hospital field trips. On the other hand, for students with a biological or medical background, we offer basic engineering courses that allow them to acquire sophisticated scientific knowledge to engage in the development of innovative medical devices.

The Graduate School strives to establish tight collaboration between medicine and engineering field and to create new technologies that contribute to human well-being through the active communication with researchers from different disciplines and the passion to pursue the principles of natural phenomena.

We sincerely ask for your further support and encouragement as we pursue these challenges.

Dean Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa