Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers

Exchange Program for East Asian Young Researchers

Young Researchers’ Project in Medicine and Dentistry

- Establishing a Network of Health Care Professionals in Southeast Asia -

Principle Investigator: Junji TAGAMI, DDS, PhD (Dean, Faculty of Dentistry)
In 2009, we implemented a new international project with the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences. The title of this project is the "Young Researchers' Project in Medicine and Dentistry -Establishing a Network of Health Care Professionals in Southeast Asia -". Overall the goal of the project is to improve young researchers’ knowledge and ability in the field of medicine and dentistry for the purpose of establishing a network of health care professionals in Southeast Asia.

This year, we commenced the project with a focus on Japan and Thailand in the field of dentistry. The participants for the project were mainly previous international students who studied at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) and received PhD degree within the previous 6 years. They are now the academic staff of Chulalongkorn University,Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Prince Songla University, khon kaen University and Naresuwan University in Thailand. These universities have academic affiliation agreement with TMDU.

From April to September, 13 young researchers came to TMDU and studied for 14-90 days under TMDU supervisors. In June, four professors visited Thailand and give lectures targeted for young researchers in the seminars. In the future, we are planning to expand the targeted countries in Southeast Asia and include medical disciplines in this project.