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Translational Research Center

Translational research (TR), the clinical application of basic research findings, has been promoted as strategically important scientific technology. In response to this, the Translational Research (TR) Center was established at the University Hospital in fiscal 2006.


As some of the world’s most advanced research projects have been actively promoted at the University Hospital, a variety of seeds for TR projects have been developed. To form a TR network within the campus and hospital, and to translate accumulated findings obtained from basic research by different departments into clinical trials in a comprehensive and prompt manner, a center that plays a leading role in promoting and supporting TR is essential. For this reason, the TR Center was established to serve as a world-class center to provide consistent support to clinical researchers performing TR.

Major activities

The full-scale activities of the TR Center started in fiscal 2007, providing assistance for the translation of research findings on the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of disease into clinical settings at the University Hospital. In cooperation with other departments, external organizations and companies, the TR Center is also engaged in identifying research seeds that have the potential for commercialization, matching these seeds with industrial needs, training researchers, improving infrastructure, and managing intellectual property. Other activities include support for the preparation of TR protocol, support for the production and quality management of clinical trial products, safety evaluation, TR training, the provision of information to clinical researchers, and the provision of information in and out of the University. Ongoing large-scale projects include the Translational Systems Biology and Medicine Initiative (TSBMI) project for which the University of Tokyo is playing a leading role. This project is funded by a science and technology grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, aiming to establish a base for innovative scientific research. Another ongoing project is the “Advanced Center for the Establishment and coordination of Biomedical Innovation Development Assistance (Translational Research Network Program)”. Some research projects awarded “super clusters for innovative medical treatment” grants by the national government have also started. The Center supports applications for these large-scale grants for translational research projects as well as supporting translational research activities.

Mineo Kurokawa

Mineo Kurokawa


Department of Hematology and Oncology


M.D. , Ph.D.


Hematological malignancies

Research Interests



Japanese, English

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