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Dr. SHIRAKAWA, Toshiro (白川利朗) MD, PhD

Professor

Division of Translational Research for Biologics

Kobe University, Graduate School of Medicine

I have received MD in 1992 and PhD in 1999 from the School of Medicine at Kobe University. In parallel, I also worked as a research fellow at Department of Urology at University of Virginia, USA, from 1996 to 1998. In 2001, I was appointed as Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University (Dept of Urology, and International Center for Medical Research) and was promoted to Associate Professor (Center for Infectious Disease) since 2005. In 2010, I received additional appointment as Director of the Division of Translational Research for Biologics, and Professor from 2015.

Over the course of my academic career, my area of research has been in Research and Development of Biologics for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases for more than 15 years. During this time period, I have witnessed a growing need of “translation” from basic research (bench) to clinical (bed) in the area of biologics. Many innovative biotechnology products currently routinely used in clinical practice came from discovery efforts at academia and I strongly believe that academic research continues to generate promising leads. In order to facilitate “bridging” of innovative discoveries from academia to industry, the Division of Translational Research for Biologics was established at Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University in 2010. Our mission is to serve patients through innovation and collaboration.


 

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Shirakawa, T., et al. Hum Gene Ther, 18: 1225-1232, 2007.

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