International Center for Medical Research and Treatment (ICMRT) was reformed into the Center for infectious Diseases (CID) on April 1, 2009.
  History from ICMR / ICMRT to CID
International Center for Medical Research (ICMR)
  A history of international exchange in medical research between Kobe University and the Asian countries goes back to 1964 when a team of doctors from Kobe University visited Indonesia for medical investigations. Then similar investigation teams were dispatched to the Philippines and Thailand. Through these activities Kobe University became well-known for its active role in international exchanges. On these backgrounds, International Center for Medical Research (ICMR) affiliated with Kobe University School of Medicine was established in April 1979 in accordance with the proposal of the Science Council, an advisory board to the Minister of Monbusho, in June 1977. The purpose of ICMR was to contribute to the promotion of medical education and research through academic exchange with researchers of the Southeast Asian countries.

  ICMR carried out academic collaboration/exchange with Asian countries for many years. One of the noteworthy programs was a Large Scale (Multilateral) Cooperative Research Program between Japan and Indonesia from 1991 until 2001 in collaboration with the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. A lot of interesting academic achievements were accumulated through the collaborative activities. International seminars were held to present the results of the cooperative studies, where researchers from Japan and other Asian countries as well as those from American and European countries were invited to discuss the study results. The seminars provided good opportunities to further understand the results of the studies and to seek the future course of collaboration. Moreover, many academic articles were published in domestic and international academic journals. The ICMR Annals were also periodically published to introduce our cooperative activities in detail.

  ICMR accepted young brilliant overseas researchers as international students and fellows supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and RONPAKU (Dissertation Ph. D.) program of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) with an aim to foster new academic leaders in the counterpart countries.

  The outcome of ICMR activities, achieved during the three decades, was more than what had been originally expected. It was extremely effective means of promoting medical education and research activities in the counterpart countries. The academic results of the cooperation with the Asian countries have elucidated global diversities of diseases and their pathogenesis, which would not have been accomplished if academic exchange had been carried out only with the western countries.

International Center for Medical Research and Treatment (ICMRT)
  In April 2004, ICMR was re-organized to become the International Center for Medical Research and Treatment (ICMRT) to further promote the international collaboration and establish thegCenter of Research and Learning in Asia in the field of medicine and medical sciences, in collaboration with the International Patients Center of Kobe University Hospital. ICMRT had five Divisions; (1) Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics, (2) Polygenic Disease Research, (3) Infectious Disease Control, (4) International Environmental Health and Epidemiology, and (5) International Advanced Medical Research and Treatment. As part of its joint projects, ICMRT startedgResearch Project on Helicobacter pylori Infection in Asiahin collaboration with Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University since October 2006. Also, ICMRT establishedgKobe University-affiliated Collaborative Research Center for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (CRC-ERID)" in Tropical Disease Center, Airlangga University, Indonesia since May 2007 under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Center for Infectious Diseases (CID)
Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine has established Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) on April 1, 2009 (Director; Dr. Hak Hotta, Professor of Microbiology) through reorganization of the former ICMRT. CID deals with both basic biomedical sciences and clinical aspects of infectious diseases, i.e., vaccine development and other strategies for diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of infectious diseases, including dangerous new-types of influenza. CID is unique among similar research centers in universities in Japan.    
Dr. Hak Hotta


  CID consists of 8 divisions of basic biomedical sciences (Microbiology, Clinical Virology, Zoonotic Infections, Infectious Disease Pathology, International Infectious Disease Control, Bacteriology, Parasitology, and Vaccinology) and 3 divisions of clinical research (Infectious Disease Therapeutics, Infectious Disease Immunology, and Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Pathophysiology). In addition, CID has an overseas branch, Collaborative Research Center for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (CRC-ERID), in Indonesia. CID aims to develop preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic measures, to consolidate therapy systems and to promote personnel trainings in the field of infectious diseases (see scheme of organization). In cooperation with WHO Kobe Center, Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environmental Sciences, and Kobe Institute of Health, CID aims to become a core center for infectious disease control and prevention in Hyogo prefecture.

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original home page of ICMRT

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