About our university
Main Research and Educational Facilities
The library, located on the second and third floors of the Information and In-service Training Center for Community Medicine, effectively collects and provides the data and information necessary for education, research, and medical services as well as for the lifetime education of our alumni in community medicine. The library is open to people of local communities and medical care workers. In addition to the standard facilities necessary for a medical library, the library has an equipped media studio which provides documents and information in order to function as a comprehensive center.
Center for Community Medicine
The Center for Community Medicine was established in April, 2004 to further advance education, research, and medical treatment necessary for the improvement and development of community medicine. Composed of eight divisions （the Community and Family Medicine, Public Health, General Medicine, Health Policy and Management, Support in Community Health, Oriental Medicine, Human Resources Development for Community Medicine, Communitylinkaged Medical Education and Training）, this center aims to be the main center of community medicine in Japan for systematizing and publicizing community medicine.
Center for Molecular Medicine
The Center for Molecular Medicine（CMM）was established in 1998 as an institution conducting research and development at the forefront of medical science. Since its establishment, CMM was funded by grants for the project “Molecular Study on Intractable Diseases and Development of Gene Therapy Technologies”（1998-2002）and “Development of Basic Technologies for Genome Medicine and Regenerative Medicine”（2003-2007）. Both programs were under the High-tech Research Center（HRC）Program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology（MEXT）. CMM has yielded a variety of scientific achievements by conducting cutting-edge medical researches in the 21st century. In 2008, the third CMM project “Bioimaging Research from Molecular Pathogenesis to Novel Therapeutics” was selected to be supported by MEXT Program of supporting the Formation of Strategic Research Bases at Private Universities, followed by “Non-communicable Diseases” since 2013. Three divisions of CMM participate in Private University Branding Project by the MEXT for antiaging research since 2017.
CMM is currently composed of 8 research divisions（Molecular Pathogenesis, Stem Cell Regulation, Genetic Therapeutics, Anti-aging Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Inflammation Research, Cardioligy and Metabolism, and Human Genetics）. CMM actively promotes collaborations among these divisions and joint research with clinical and basic science departments in the School of Medicine.
Center for Development of Advanced Medical Technology
The Center for Development of Advanced Medical Technology, which was established in 2009, supports research and development of advanced medical technology as well as surgical training using large animals, especially swine. The center is one of the leading facilities for swine in Japan, equipped with breeding facilities, a surgical room, surgical robotics “Da Vinci”, intensive care units (ICU), cell-processing room (CPC), MRI, and CT for swine, and can cope with acute and chronic management of swine. The center consists of Medical Education and Training Core, Large Animal Imaging Core, Animal Resource Laboratory, Open science Laboratory, and Teanslational Research Laboratory. The five teams cooperate to organize the education and research assistant system. The center was accredited as the joint usage / research of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) –– the base of translational research using large animals –– in 2017, and is widely open to researchers inside and outside the university to develop new interdisciplinary fields and to nurture human resources than ever before.
Support Center for Clinical Investigation
The Support Center for Clinical Investigation (SCCI) was established in April, 2013, as an institution for comprehensive clinical education and research. The aim of SCCI is the to contribute to medical advancement and enhancement of welfare, by strategically promoting drug trials, post-marketing clinical studies, and clinical research, as well as to develop Advanced Medicine at JMU hospital and Saitama Medical Center. Furthermore, it also aims to encourage clinical research by JMU graduates who work in community medicine throughout the country.
SCCI consists of Audit section, Clinical Research Planning & Management section, Tochigi Clinical Research Support Center, Clinical Research Support section and Saitama Clinical Trial Promotion section. SCCI is not a subsidiary organization of the hospital, but an innovative clinical research institution supported by the entire university.
Medical Simulation Center
In 2008, The Medical Simulation Center, Jsim47, was opened to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of medicine. It provides basic education for students and skill enhancement for medical personnel for both hospital and community medicine. Jsim47 is equipped with training simulators for emergency resuscitation and for diagnosis and checkup that are easy to use. Furthermore, methods and simulators for effective and efficient education are also being developed in Jsim47.
Center for Experimental Medicine
The Center for Experimental Medicine was established in 1987 as a central facility for laboratory animals and has contributed to advanced medical research while paying maximum attention to animal welfare. The Center moved to a new building in 2018 and employed a standard barrier operation by introducing individually ventilated cages (IVCs) to secure the specific pathogen-free (SPF) environment and to improve the usability for investigators. In addition, the Center has been engaged in the development of genetically engineered animals using state-of-the-art technologies including genome editing and in the preservation of valuable biological resources such as embryos and gametes to promote medical research and education. The Center is making every effort to support ethical animal experiments of scientific importance in Jichi Medical University.
Center for Information
The Center for Information was established in April 2003, to plan and promote the practical use of information and communication technology in order to improve education, research, and medical services in the hospital and community medicine. The computer laboratory room and the educational server room were set up in this center in September 2003, and they have been utilized as the hub for computer education. The Center for Information aims to improve the network infrastructure, to promote campus-wide adoption of information technology, and to facilitate communication with alumni who are spread throughout Japan.
RI (Radio-Isotope) Center
The RI Center was established in 1974 as a joint-use facility for conduct experiments using radiation and radioisotopes. In 1987, a new RI facility which able to conduct recombinant DNA experiment was established within The center for experimental medicine. Many medical science and life science researches are being performed in these facilities using radiation irradiator and unsealed radioisotopes (15 nuclides).
Safe handling of RI is very important to maintain the safety of the facilities and the environments and to prevent radiation hazards to radiation workers. And also, by laws radiation workers should receive education and training. To these end, The Radiation Protection office conducts that supervising safe handling and educating, under laws and regulations.
Regional Clinical Education Center (RCEC)
Regional Clinical Education Center (RCEC) is an institute for education and clinical research established in August 2015. RCEC in cooperation with affiliated hospitals promotes and manages regional medicine, education system for medical students and residents to learn common diseases, and medical research in regional medicine.
Data Science Center
The Data Science Center of Jichi Medical University (JMU) was established in April, 2017, with a mission to manage and gain insight from large-scale healthcare and biomedical data. The Data Science Center provides student education for using big data as well as supporting investigators who lack experience in handling big data.
We are developing a general practice support system assisted by artificial intelligence in cooperation with graduates of JMU who work as general practitioners.