Thoughts on the career paths of researchers; a case study of bio-active peptide expanding hematopoietic stem cells

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Daisuke Sugiyama - Head of the Dept. of Translational Research of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Kyushu University (Japan)

Short description of the presentation:

In Japan, medical doctors generally enter PhD courses after some years of training if they want to start a career in basic research science. After obtaining a PhD, some medical doctors continue basic research and work as post-docs. Likewise, after working as a medical doctor in hematology, I started basic research in developmental hematopoiesis at PhD level. After post-doc experience in France and the USA, I came back to Japan and got a principle investigator position at Kyushu University, Japan as a basic researcher. As I performed basic research, I developed a bio-active peptide that expands hematopoietic stem cells. The necessity to study intellectual property to develop this peptide changed my life and gave me the opportunity to start my own bio-venture company. To industrialize this peptide further, I needed to study clinical trials and regulatory affairs, and eventually joined Center for Clinical and Translational Research of Kyushu University. Here, I would like to introduce my unique career path to young researchers.

Biography of the speaker:

Daisuke Sugiyama, MD, PhD is head of the Department of Translational Research (TR) of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Kyushu University (CCTR).
Making "the future medical care" into "the real medical care" is the mission of the CCTR.
To accomplish this mission, the CCTR is performing various clinical trials, clinical studies, TR as well as clinical research support, education for the human resources to promote and support research and development and has built West Japan Academia Translational Research Network (WAT-NeW) which is composed of 20 universities, and the Asia-Pacific Research and Development Network (ARDENT).


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