1. At the core institutions in Japan and partner countries, we will select a person responsible for each of the four respective research subjects. He/she will work together to make dicisions about the research plan implemented during the fiscal year. The next step will be to invite young researchers including graduate students enrolled in doctoral courses from partner countries to Japan, for three months. The number of visitors should be no more than two or three so that the same researchers may come back each fiscal year, and focus on their research which will lead to better results. In Japan, we will provide capable young scholars who will lead the project as cooperating staff.
The process of the project will be as follows.
First, researchers within their countries should start to search for and study natural sources which can be used as the research material. Next, they will travel to Japan to work on the fundamentals, which are necessary for a drug discovery. Then, they will conduct further researches after going back to their countries. Both Japanese and partner countries' researchers will regularly exchange reports and evaluation of their work. Eventually we will revise the research method in order to further the development of the research. Meanwhile we will send Japanese scientists to the country as research partners, for a short period, and visit the natural sources sites, then discuss the finding at the local institutions.
We will train invited researchers so that they may obtain comprehensive knowledge and technical skills for drug discovery, particularly skills involving methods for the instrumental analysis equipment and data analysis for synthesis or biochemistry. This training will enable them to become leaders of their respective countries after the program has finished. For invited graduates, we will provide opportunities to participate into seminars and lectures regarding relevant fields at our university, as well as academic meetings held by other institutions. Visitation at Japanese cooperating institutions, companies, public research organizations and joining internships offered by the Japanese core institutions are also provided to the students, so that they will be able to gain broad social skills which are beneficial to develop a new industry.
Natural sources will remain as partner countries' possession, and the research technologies and knowledge which are newly created through the project are considered as gintellectual propertyh for both Japan and partner countries. Therefore co-ownership of all patents submitted by the program should be fully abided by.
Exchange plan during the fiscal year of the program*
*Short period exchange plan:
Singapore ¨ India(FY2006)@@Thailand ¨ Indonesia(FY2008)
2. We will have regular meetings with people from other institutions and cooperating scientists, to discuss details concerning invited researchers and students from partner countries. A joint seminar will be held once a year for the purpose of reporting the research results, consequently we will focus on the research topics which in turn will lead to a drug product development and carry out the sustainable and cooperative research activities.
The goal of this project is to hold an open- style international conference where invited leading scientists involved in relevant issues will give general evaluations on research results.
Implementation plan for a seminar