Japan’s Kanazawa University has launched its Institute for Frontier Science Initiative, aka InFiniti, its flagship multi-million dollar global research-hub in interdisciplinary research in core areas including controlling cancer progression; innovative integrated bioscience; and creating future societies.
Kanazawa University is one of Japan’s premier education and research institutes with three colleges and 16 schools offering courses in subjects that include medicine, computer engineering, and humanities.
As the leading comprehensive university on the Sea of Japan coast, Kanazawa University has contributed greatly to higher education and academic research in Japan since it was founded in 1949.
The University has three colleges and 16 schools offering courses in subjects that include medicine, computer engineering, and humanities.
The university is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan in Kanazawa—a city rich in history and culture. The city of Kanazawa has cultivated a highly respected intellectual profile since the time of the Kaga fiefdom (1598–1867). Kanazawa University is divided into two main campuses: Kakuma and Takaramachi for its approximately 12,200 students including 500 from overseas.
InFiniti is the university’s new interdisciplinary research hub where international groups of scientists will undertake research in areas including diagnosis and treatment of ‘nutrition related’ diseases such as diabetes and cancer; archaeology and cultural resource management; and so-called ‘supramolecules’ and ‘proton-conducting’ solids for next-generation fuel cells.
Notably, research at Infiniti will be conducted by approximately 1,000 scientists, covering 85 topics with annual research funding of approximately US$4 million.
“We welcome scientists from all over the world to collaborate with us in the search for long term solutions to global issues in medicine, energy, management of the world’s cultural heritage, and a sustainable society,” says InFiniti director Nakamura Shinichi (surname first). “Scientists can join us at Kanazawa in Japan or collaborate based at their own institutes.”
The Institute for Frontier Science Initiative has also established funding for joint degrees programs, student exchange, and hiring of ‘university research administrators’ to promote and support the project on a global scale.
Details about InFiniti
Main core projects and people (surname first):
Cancer Research CoreAims: Clarification of mechanisms for cancer progression and development of innovative cancer treatment.
Core leader: Matsumoto Kunio
Researcher and units
- Takahashi Chiaki, Cancer Stem Cell Research Unit
Drug discovery to clarify the mechanisms governing the formation of cancer stem cells and undifferentiated carcinoma.
- Matsumoto Kunio, Tumor Microenvironment Research Unit
Functions of cancer microenvironment molecules associated with cancer metastasis and drug resistance
- Suzuki Takeshi, Molecular Therapeutic Target Research Unit
Search for molecular targets for cancer. Search and functional analysis of new molecular targets involved in malignant progression of cancer and its treatment.
- Gotoh Noriko, Innovative Cancer Model Research Unit
New cancer genetically modified mouse model and the development of patient-derived cancer tissue transplant model mouse.
Innovative Integrated Bio-Research CoreAims: Next generation biotechnology and its applications for health longevity and recycle orientated society.
Core leader: Inoue Hiroshi
Researcher and units
- Richard Wong, Cell-Bionomics Research Unit
Research on cell bionomics
- Inoue Hiroshi, Metabolism and Nutrition Research Unit
Metabolism. Elucidation of mechanisms governing the control of nutrition and metabolism, and the development of treatments for its their failure.
- Ogawa Kazuma, Discovering Molecular Probes Research Unit
Development innovative molecular probe for diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
- Sato Makoto, Mathematical Neuroscience Research Unit
Fusion of life and mathematical sciences for research on phenomena related to the life sciences.
Future Society Creation Research Core
Aims: Experimental based development of technology for self-sustaining society and social system of the future
Core leader: Suganuma Naoki
Researchers and units
- Arimura Makoto, International Cooperation Networking for Cultural Heritages Research Unit International collaboration on cultural heritage networking for cultural resources management.
- Suganuma Naoki, Autonomous Vehicle Research Unit
Development of intelligent automatic driving systems for city driving for extension to regional traffic.
- Taima Tetsuya Renewable Energy Research Unit
Renewable energy for universities to exist in harmony with local communities. Fusion of power generation and information technology and the establishment of an energy research center based on the unique features of the Satoyama Noto Satoumi region where Kanazawa University is located.
- Ninomiya Kazuaki, Biomass Refinery Research Unit
Establishment of a fuel and chemical products manufacturing process by ion liquid-driven biomass refinery.
- Iiyama Koichi, head of Higher Education Department: support for young researchers and graduate students affiliated with Infiniti in particular related to the promotion of interdisciplinary research; expanding international research networks; and career paths into academia.
- Nakanishi Yoshinobu, head of Research Support Department: promote the research activities at Infiniti to improve efficiency to attain outstanding results in shorter time periods. Specifically, collaborate with Kanazawa University’s Organization of Frontier Science and Innovation (FSI) to support applications for competitive research funds by the research administrator (URA); arrange regular meetings of the "Research Net of different fields researchers working and communication (RENCOM) to promote new collaborative research; devise strategies for effective assignment of lab space and joint research facilities; and work with the public relations office to publicize research results both in Japan and overseas.
Kanazawa University, Global Affairs Support Office
Kanazawa 920-1192, Japan
Telephone number: +81-(0)-76-264-5963
Institute for Frontier Science Initiative（InFiniti）
Kanazawa University Cancer Research Institute
Sounds like a great plan.