MEXT*-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities
*MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Developing next-generation drugs for infectious diseases through organized research systems
These years, expectation is high, based on a number of publications, for the development of new antibacterial drugs with novel mechanisms of action, including those for emerging infections, such as hemorrhagic colitis caused by E. coli O-157 as the pathogen; tuberculosis and other re-emerging infections; opportunistic infections at hospitals, day care centers and other facilities; and multi-drug-resistance bacteria that partly result from the excessive use of antibacterial drugs at medical institutions. While most antibacterial drugs that are used at present kill bacteria by inhibiting the biosynthesis of protein, cell walls, etc., this research project is aimed at newly developing next-generation antibacterial drugs that control proliferation in the host’s body.
Invitation Project for Foreign Researchers, Organized by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
This project is aimed at inviting foreign researchers to Japan, for the purpose of promoting international cooperation in sciences, and contributing to the development of researches in related fields through discussions, opinion exchanges, lectures and other events with Japanese researchers. In this project, Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences invited Dr. Ada Yonath, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009, as a short-term foreign guest researcher, and held a lecture and exchange meeting featuring the Nobel Laureate for high school students in December 2010, providing a simultaneous interpretation service.