Designing future health care through cutting edge technology

Ryoichi Nagatomi

When I started my clinical career as a trainee in Sendai City Hospital, we had no access to sophisticated imaging devices such as MRI. Emergency lab tests were only limited to a narrow range of blood tests. I had to be patient enough to be waiting for the results assuming the best and the worst scenarios for the patients. Clinical outcomes of patients with various diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal injuries and diseases have dramatically improved not only because of skilled surgeons and the development of new drugs. The introduction of emerging technologies through engineering has been making a significant and remarkable contribution to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures we often experience in clinics and hospitals.

Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering Tohoku University was established in 2008 as the first biomedical engineering graduate program to promote both education and science confronting future healthcare issues through advanced technologies. We have been able to launch several innovative medical devices since the establishment. The program ensures students to be in touch with cutting edge technologies for health care innovation. Young scientists will have rich experiences in health care innovation and opportunities to join exciting projects. We will provide and offer opportunities to collaborate with various internationally prominent departments and units covering clinical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, material, mechanical, electronics, electrical, information, quantum sciences, and more. The entrepreneurship programs and business incubation programs will support innovative projects to be implemented in the global community through our global networks of biomedical engineering.

Located in the Tohoku area of Japan, we have significant advantages in that we are in the middle of the super-aged society with a decreasing population. The fact that we have an incomparable super-aged society is one of our great successes and victory of the public health and healthcare systems of Japan. Our progress, however, has been casting new critical issues. We have to find out how centenarians could enjoy their lives in the community. We have gone through enormous natural disasters and are still suffering climate changes. Our cultural background of Japan had been a great help to stay resilient, but not all of us are aware of the strength. How can we be sustainable and ensure happiness? The clues will be a guide to the whole world. We welcome international students and scientists to join us in and design and create innovative healthcare through biomedical engineering for the future society where all of us could live happily! We need you!

Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Tohoku University
Ryoichi Nagatomi

Our Vision at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is an education and research discipline that seeks to bring innovation to the conventional fields of medicine and biology through an engineering perspective predicated on mathematics, physics and chemistry. Biomedical engineering marries engineering theory, knowledge and practical applications with basic knowledge and specialized technology from medicine and biology in order to further understand the mechanisms and functions of life and, in turn, to promote ongoing advancements in medicine, biology and engineering.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering is dedicated to the pursuit of international-standard biomedical research in line with the tenets of Tohoku University: research first, an open-door policy, and an overriding emphasis on practice-oriented research and education. Research programs at the Graduate School equip graduates with the basic theory and applied expertise to become world-leading researchers and advanced engineers. Our mission is to contribute to social welfare and to improve human welfare by taking a new approach to the conventional foundations of this academic discipline and promoting fundamental innovation in the field of medicine.


Policy and Philosophy

Aim and objective of our graduate school

Our aim is to educate researchers and engineers who have creativity, strong research skills, and expert knowledge in the integrated field of biomedical engineering. These researchers and engineers will pursue their own research and development to promote evolution and innovation in science for the improvement of medicine and social welfare in order to realize a truly affluent society.

Masters Program
We educate researchers and engineers who use their own ideas to solve problems using strong research skills and expertise based on fundamental knowledge in the field of biomedical engineering.
Doctoral Program
We educate expert researchers who choose pertinent, socially relevant research subjects for the betterment of social welfare and medicine. We also educate leaders who teach in their fields and carry out the research subjects while developing their own broader perspectives.

Educational policy

Biomedical engineering is a new interdisciplinary field that bridges the gap between engineering and biomedicine and, by integrating them, aims for the evolution of both. This field develops not only by collaboration and expertise in medicine and engineering, but also by creation of new discipline. Therefore, in our graduate school of biomedical engineering, we teach in-depth knowledge and techniques of engineering and broad expertise in biomedicine to foster the discovery of new principles in biology and medical science and new technology for medical diagnosis and treatment.


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