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[2020/06/10] NYMU Joins Hands with NCTU and Kyoto University to Implement Stem Cell Regenerative Medical Applications

The Japanese CiRA foundation of Kyoto University visited National Yang-Ming University in December of 2019

 

The process needed to prepare stem cells relies heavily on experienced technicians. This increases dramatically the cost of stem cell preparation and makes mass production impractical. This means that the question of how to use advanced processing techniques to automate this production process and overcome this obstacle needs to be resolved quickly in order to enable their use on a large scale. To this end National Yang-Ming University has joined hands with National Chiao Tung University and the CiRA foundation (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application) of Kyoto University, the world’s first institution to study advanced iPS cell technology. National Chiao Tung University Center for Smart Healthcare will be the first to sign a memorandum of cooperation with CiRA Foundation. The aim being to use National Chiao Tung University and National Yang-Ming University expertise in the areas of semiconductors, information technology, communication technology, and medicine, to strengthen and improve the production process for iPS cells.

 

Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University discovered iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) back in 2006. A little later in 2010 he established the iPS Cell Research Institute CiRA (Center for iPS Cell Research Application). This center has become the world's first iPS cell advancement core research institute. The center focuses its research on cell reprogramming, induced differentiation, clinical applications, and the ethics/law related to iPS research. The impact of Professor Yamanaka on regenerative medicine won him the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. In April this year the CiRA Foundation was established and has begun to use iPS cells in clinical trials in the area of cellular therapy.

 

The National Yang-Ming University and National Chiao Tung University team visiting Kyoto University

 

Under the leadership of the former principle Zhang, a National Yang-Ming University and National Chiao Tung University team visited Kyoto University and the CiRA Foundation last year. Deputy Director Naoko Takasu of the CiRA has also led a return delegation to visit the two Universities to learn about their education system and their research and development activities. During the latter visit, a consensus was reached on cooperation between CiRA and President Chen of National Chiao Tung University and President Kuo of National Yang-Ming University. During their stay in Taiwan, they also visited Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the National Institute of Health, the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Center and the Taoyuan Far-Eastern Free Trade Port Area in order to gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s research and development, as well as the country's industrial potential. After countless consultations and on-site visits, it was decided to start substantive cooperation, and to begin by carrying out basic research and educational training in the area of regenerative medicine. Discussions were also begun on appropriate ethical regulation and other related issues that are related to the clinical application of stem cells.

 

The National Yang- Ming University and National Chiao Tung University team originally planned to visit Kyoto University in March this year to sign a memorandum of cooperation; however, this was postponed due the coronavirus pandemic. In order to avoid delaying the cooperation process, the two parties conducted a remote meeting to resolve various issues this month. National Chiao Tung University Center of Medicine Research and Development and CiRA Foundation of Kyoto University are to sign the memorandum of cooperation shortly. The representatives for the signing will be Professor Lin of National Chiao Tung University Center for Smart Healthcare and Professor Yamanaka of Kyoto University. Both schools will cooperate to promote both the educational aspects and the research and development aspects of stem cells and regenerative medicine. In addition, they will begin to introduce information/communication technologies and biomedical technologies into the iPS stem cell production process. This will have the aim of accelerating the introduction of stem cells into regenerative medicine and various clinical applications. The two schools also have agreed to initiate mutual visits and a resident researcher exchange program when the pandemic is over.

 

National Yang-Ming University and National Chiao Tung University have been promoting a join school plan in recent years, particularly in areas linked to the application of semiconductor and telematic technology to digital medicine and smart medical treatment. At an early stage of the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the two universities quickly established a research and development alliance to apply telematics and precision testing technology to virus spread prevention. Their work demonstrates the ambition of National Yang Ming University and National Chiao Tung University in the field of regenerative medicine. Furthermore, this also confirms that a combination of the two universities will be an important cornerstone that will help to develop innovation in various health industries in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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