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Integrative Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering

New interdisciplinary major integrating science, engineering and medicine to meet world-class challenges.

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image Background
The 21st Century is called, "The Age of Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering". Currently in the United States, there are over fifty universities offering bioscience and/or biomedical engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate school level with sixty percent of university research budgets strategically infused into the "Bio" field. As a result, there are thirty thousand specialists with doctorates in bioscience or bioengineering, creating new fields of research and aggressively meeting the challenge of creating a new industry. In such an environment, Waseda University established this major in April of 2001, to meet the urgent needs of graduate level education and creating a research environment that envisions bioscience and engineering research bodies which are competitive with those of the West.

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Today interdisciplinary studies are increasing in education and research. Traditional departments such as mechanical and electrical engineering and physics are no longer an effective framework of classification. It is becoming increasingly essential that information be exchanged among departments such as science, engineering and medicine. In order to meet such demands, we have established, in addition to the master's program, a doctorate program to cultivate experts with highly specialized knowledge, creative research planning and research advancement skills not only in education and research but also in the broader social spectrum.



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    # Collaboration with Tokyo Women's Medical University
    An academic exchange agreement was signed between Waseda University and Tokyo Women's Medical University in March 2000. This is a stepping-stone toward a new research training system based on the fusion of world class medicine, science and engineering, with joint efforts in instruction, evaluation, integrated curriculums, credit transfer, collaborative use of facilities and medical information sharing between Institute of advenced biomedical engineering and science, Graduate school of Medicine, Tokyo Women's Medical University and our department.

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image Students attend lectures common to all the fields in this major and are to belong to one of the two research fields described below. In each field, research, guidance, seminars and lectures are provided and students primarily study subjects in fields under the guidance of research supervisors. An outline of each field follows.

Field of Biological and Biomedical Engineering Systems
In this field, research is conducted mainly on biological systems such as cell to cell, cell to organ, origin and species, life and environment. Key words in this field are biomedical engineering, medical robotics, artificial organs, tissue engineering evolution, morphology, life support, homeostasis, regeneration, preservation of species, ecology, neurology, memory, nerve system, internal secretion, gender, bioenergetics, etc.

Field of Biomolecular Functions and Biotechnologies
In this field, research is conducted to explore biomolecular functions and biotechnologies. Keywords in this field are genetics, protein engineering, bioactivated substances, pharmacological design, biomolecules, molecular functions, etc.

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More than two thirds of students who completed the Master's program gain employment at companies that actively utilize practical technologies in biomedical engineering. Currently there are more and more companies in heavy industry expanding their business in the biotechnology industry and life sciences in Japan and an acceleration of this trend is expected. At the same time more students are choosing a career path in education and research organizations such as university research departments.

In addition, there is an even greater demand for those who complete a doctorate program with training in this new research and education environment and have an international perspective. After completion of a doctorate program, graduates will be able to demonstrate their ability in venture business creation based on practical bioscience technologies and to become researchers in academic organizations. They will become valuable experts who will pioneer this new industry led by tissue engineering.


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