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International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS)

The International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) was launched as the managing organization in April of 2015 to oversee Kumamoto University’s Center of Excellence for world-class research in the life sciences. The center partners with other life science institutes in Kumamoto University to promote collaborative international research with distinguished research institutes overseas, and scouts and trains young investigators who contribute to ground-breaking discoveries in the medical sciences.

The center aims for 50% foreign researcher population, including Ph.D. graduate students. To reach this goal, the research environment within the IRCMS is equivalent to world-class research institutes found in western countries, and makes provisions for smooth international research collaborations.

The center has designated English as the official language, and features an open lab layout with few walls and partitions between labs to facilitate communication among scientists. It is expected that this will promote fusion research between the various fields within the institute.

URL: http://ircms.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/
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