Director of School Affairs
Putting the Required Pharmaceutical Education into Practice Now
In recent years, there is an amazing develop in pharmacy. Once we had isolated active ingredients from natural products, now we are researching them into the gene level to produce new medicine. Depending on genome-based drug research, we are able to provide individual medical treatment according to each person’s genetic make-up. The application of iPS cells, we are approaching the new era of dramatic development of drug discovery. On the other hand, about kampo medicine, which has been used for over thousand years, the value is clarified scientifically, and its usefulness is evaluated these years. In our aging society, there are some cries for preventive medicine and selfmedication.
In the 6-year pharmaceutical fields (Department of Health Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Kampo Medicine), liberal arts courses, specialty courses, practice training, graduate studies, etc. are included in the 6-year curriculum, and we work to incorporate all the required knowledge and skills for the students to become pharmacists. In our 6-year program, we have built a curriculum which will meet the needs of the changing times, incorporating subjects that relate to all the departments (health, clinical and kampo medicine) such as Geriatrics & Gerontology, Supplement Theory, Disease-Specific Treatment Advanced Course, Advanced Medical Theory, Introduction to Kampo Medicine, Kampo Medicinal Analysis, and so on. In our 4-year program, we have organized a curriculum for those aiming to do drug discovery research which includes Medicinal Chemistry, Biology・Pharmacokinetics, and Food・Herbal Medicine (Kampo). Here at our university, we value the importance of each faculty member facing the students and put emphasis on enhancing the students’ ambitions so that they may feel motivated to do their best.
The purpose of pharmaceutical university is not only to prepare students who have knowledge of pharmacy, but also train them individually as a person who have judgments, ethical mind, view of human, and belief of life. It is also extremely vital to train them properly so they will become health care professionals who have appropriate views, a sense of ethics and human life, and a rich spirit. As educators, we must not only teach what is necessary to become pharmacists and drug-discovery researchers, but must also incorporate non-academic topics, aiming to stimulate not just their brains, but also their hearts.