The Kyushu University Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) established the International Cooperation Unit in July 2014. The objective of the unit is to exchange seeds developed by academia both inside and outside of Japan, to import and export the most suitable seeds to meet the needs of each region and to foster a network of international collaborators. There are 4 methods by which we aim to achieve these objectives: 1) To establish an international network through the conduction of site visits with potential collaborators, 2) To bring medical innovators from the Asia Pacific Region through the Japan Medical Innovation tour, 3) To invite teaching staff from high level organizations to educate human resources at Kyushu University, and 4) To establish and foster systems to encourage young scientists to become medical innovators through the EDGE program and other initiatives.
Currently we divided infrastructure of our center into 2 departments; the Department of Clinical Research Promotion and the Department of Translational Research Promotion. Here, we aim to introduce the strategies implemented at Department of Translational Research at the CCTR with particular attention to international corporation.