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Bioscience and Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Cource

Bioscience and Engineering

About Bioscience and Engineering

With a basis in mechatronics, which combines mechanical engineering with electrical and electronic engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Course involves studies related to efforts to develop and methods of manufacturing robots that provide support in welfare and medical care, devices used in rehabilitation, artificial organs, and other equipment for life support and recovery of functions, as well as various devices and support systems to help older people lead healthy lives.

Research Domain

Life support engineering, artificial organs, tissue engineering, cell engineering, patient care robots, medical support robots, organs for rehabilitation, measuring biological functions, mechatronics, remote medical care, surgical training simulators, masterslave robots, diagnostic devices, welfare devices

Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
Biomechanism Lab Detail Ryota Akagi muscle mechanics, muscle hardness, muscle strength, muscle size, aging, strength training, ultrasound elastography
Science and Technology Education System Lab. Detail Hiroshi Okuda  
Rehabilitation Robotics Lab. Detail Takashi Komeda  
System Physiology Lab. Detail Masahiro Shibata  
SciVal Profile Akihiko Hanafusa  
SciVal Profile Shinichirou Yamamoto  
SciVal Profile Hokyoo Lee  
SciVal Profile Nobuo Watanabe  

A major issue facing society in the 21st Century is that of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and cultural activities. A number of avenues are being explored to address this and include, establishing a series of preventative methods, treatments, and rehabilitation services for diseases that afflict the elderly such as cancer, circulatory diseases, and diabetes, as well as developing a preventative and control system of degenerative conditions present in the elderly. In other words, it is of importance to build an active society involving the elderly, and healthy ageing by exploiting scientific knowledge. Therefore, the Department is structured to foster individuals having a systematic approach in the comprehension of life, medical care, and welfare. The Department exposes students to understand the complexities of life, life phenomenon, and individual living functions, thereby having a greater insight into age-associated healthy living.

The research activities involve an understanding of the pathogenic mechanisms of ageing-associated degenerative changes that have yet to be understood thoroughly, and establish preventative methods based on scientific findings and diagnosis methods for biological dysfunctions developing with the onset of disease. Additionally, R&D is conducted towards medical and welfare apparatus, including advanced systems and methods that will allow for recovery from the onset of biological dysfunctions or control the condition.

Life forms are born and grown on this earth, reach maturity, and then age, gradually changing their physiology and motor functions. These changes generally appear more as old age sets in, but in some theories the process of being born and grown is seen as a part of aging. An immortality drug has been a constant dream of humanity, but such a thing can never be. Rather, we are in an era where we need to focus on growing old healthily.
In the Department of Bioscience and Engineering, we tackle the mysteries of life head-on by using biotechnology to scientifically explain human aging through physiological explanations, the effects of drugs and food, environmental causes, microorganisms, and match them with basic research and the development of devices that are based on engineering methods such as artificial organs, regenerative medicine, medical robots, assistive devices, and rehabilitation methods.
The Department of Bioscience and Engineering allows students to select their major from two distinctive courses. The Bioscience Course is based on biotechnology, and the Biomedical Engineering Course is based on creating mechanical and electrical devices. Both courses are paired with instruction in the foundations of bioscience, such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, biological functions, genes, regenerative medicine, welfare support, and life support as joint core subjects. The fusion of these two courses allows us to offer multi-disciplinary research and education.

Biomedical Engineering Course
This course aims to develop devices and support systems that can maintain and restore living and biological functions by merging mechanical engineering and electrical engineering on a base of biotechnology and physiology. Our research fields include medical support robots, artificial organs, regenerative medicine, cell engineering, welfare support robots, rehabilitation engineering, and welfare equipment development.

The Department of Bioscience and Engineering welcomes applicants who understand the features and educational content described above, and are willing to boldly tackle the mysteries of the human bodies and the riddles of life, or who desire to create things to help society.

The graduates are highly sought after in the companies specialized in diverse sectors including medical equipment, clinical testing equipment, welfare equipment, rehabilitation equipment, healthcare equipment and hospital facilities, in addition to product development sector in mechanical engineering and electric engineering fields. Employment opportunities are not only limited to researcher and engineering professions since roles also exist in product and technology sales, and product planning. It is recommended that graduates take post-graduate studies to further strengthen their expertise.