Quantum Innovation by Interdisciplinary Medical Research

Project abstract:

In recent years, nuclear medicine is focusing attention worldwide, especially the diagnosis and treatment in cancer patients. In nuclear medicine, radio-isotope is used for the labeling for many compounds which targets cancer cells or specific organs. Germany and Japan have leading roles in the field of nuclear medicine and technology. The objective of this project is to promote the collaboration in HeKKSaGOn alliance related to nuclear medicine, especially through the young students, doctors and scientists.

Planned activities will start from online meeting during 2020 and 2021 to make a possible collaboration plan in nuclear medicine. During 2021 and 2022, mutual exchange visits will be performed mainly by young students, doctors and scientists for direct discussion for the collaboration research to submit international research grants. In 2022, workshop will be held to summarize the collaboration in this project as an official publication and propose future collaboration framework including young generations. We also plan to expand our activities on medical innovation and translational research closely collaborating with social scientists specialized in ethical legal and social issues.  

This project is also important from educational aspects, especially for motivating younger generations. Nuclear medicine needs multidisciplinary approach since it starts from the production of radionuclides using accelerator or reactor, followed by purification, labeling chemistry, imaging technology and clinical application. This project can contribute to the sustainability of the HeKKSaGOn Alliance since the nuclear medicine and technology are major specialties of the participating institutions.

Lead coordinator:

Name: Takashi Nakano
Position: Director
Institution: Osaka University
Department, Faculty: Research Center for Nuclear Physics

Other coordinator(s):

Name: Frederik L. Giesel
Position: Vice chair
Institution: Heidelberg University
Department, Faculty:  Nuclear Medicine

Name: Tadashi Watabe
Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: Osaka University
Department, Faculty: Nuclear Medicine and Tracer Kinetics, Graduate School of Medicine

Name: Koichi Fukase
Position: Dean
Institution: Osaka University
Department, Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science