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Prof. TABATA
Head of the Department of Bioengineering
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Hitoshi TABATA

The Department of Bioengineering was established in 2006, the year Japan came to have the highest percentage of over-65s in the world combined with the lowest percentage of under-15s. It was also the year in which metabolic syndrome (denoting a collection of symptoms that can lead to diabetes and heart disease) became one of Japan’s top ten buzzwords of the year. Against such a societal backdrop, the department came into being to meet the demands of the times. Its mission is to address the pressing challenges we face right now in terms of extreme population aging and a low birth rate, as well as presymptomatic disease and the need to extend healthy life expectancy.

The Department of Bioengineering enables students to study and acquire knowledge across two intersecting dimensions simultaneously: the multidisciplinary dimension and the engineering technology dimension. The multidisciplinary dimension comprises the chemistry-related fields of life science, material engineering, and chemistry itself, as well as physics-related fields such as mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The engineering technology dimension comprises devices and imaging. The department’s key role in terms of bioscience makes it the focal point for medical-engineering collaboration, and therefore a valued part of the School of Engineering.

Specifically, as engineers who understand medicine, we focus on medical engineering to implement education programs predicated on interaction between the human body on the one hand, and materials and systems on the other. These educational activities enable us to contribute to society by turning out experts in medical engineering who can spearhead the creation of the world’s most advanced medical systems into the future. At the same time, the department does not limit itself to fields closely connected to medical engineering, but also has the capacity to explore more elementary, fundamental scientific principles and basic science related to bioscience and engineering.

Having successfully completed its first decade, the Department of Bioengineering is targeting dramatic advancement in its second decade. Join us in forging the next generation as Japan’s imperial era changes from Heisei to Reiwa, opening the door onto a new stage in history. Up to the undergraduate level, students learn the basics of the various engineering fields within their own disciplines. The Department of Bioengineering builds on that foundation, addressing the connections between bioscience and engineering from a broad perspective that includes the biomedical field. The department could be said to play a major role in the quest to establish the scientific principles behind such connections.

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