In order to promote further advancement of education and research at Kanazawa University, the Organization aims to consistently support from basic research to applied research, and to promote returning the profit of research outcomes to the society through industry-academic-government collaboration. The Organization consists of Research Department which includes the Prioritized Research Programs and Administration Department which is in charge of research support.
In 1967, the Institute was founded as the only Cancer Research Institute of the MEXT. In 1997, the organization was rearranged and at the same time Center for the Development of Molecular-targeted Drugs was established. Since its establishment, the institute produced epoch-making achievements in basic cancer research field, such as the discovery of proteinase MT1-MMP, elucidation of function of chemokines and apoptosis.
In 2006, Cancer Research Institute was reorganized and 2 centers were newly established, “Cancer and Stem Cell Research Center” and “Molecular and Cellular Targeting Translational Oncology Center,” which aim to discover the role of cancer stem cells in drug resistance and develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategy, respectively. The research team then discovered the molecular mechanism for maintenance of leukemia stem cells. In 2010, the Institute has been further reorganized to establish 4 programs to identify mechanisms of metastasis, relapse, and drug resistance. They are “Cancer and Stem Cell Research Program,” “Cancer Microenvironment Research Program,” “Cancer Molecular Target Exploration Program,” and “Cancer Therapeutics Development Program.” Moreover, in 2015, “Innovative Cancer Model Research Center” has been launched. Currently, the Institute is focusing on the research fields of cancer stem cell biology, cancer microenvironment, and molecular mechanisms of drug resistance.
The Institute of Natural and Environmental Technology aims to solve the natural and social environmental problems of the region of the Sea of Japan and to create environmental harmonization. In order to strengthen environmental studies, the institute has been reorganized into two departments and divisions such as the Divisions of Atmospheric, Marine, Terrestrial and Integrated Environmental Studies. The institute has four attached facilities, i.e. the Noto Supersite Observatory, the Noto Marine Laboratory, the Low Level Radioactivity Laboratory, the Ogoya Underground Laboratory, and the Botanical Garden.
Since April 2016, the Institute of Natural and Environmental Technology has been designated as a Joint Usage/Research Center aiming for “International Cooperative Research Center for Environmental Changes with Transboundary Pollution” by the MEXT. The institute has widely provided support for experimental research fields in the Noto Peninsula at central Japan and the international monitoring network in East Asia. We will perform cooperative research for establishment of a migration model for contaminants in an integrated system among atmosphere-marine-land, and of assessment for impacts of transboundary contaminants to human health and the ecosystems.
This joint center is one of five such centers in Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu Medical University, Chiba University and, Fukui University. The center has the outpatient clinic for Child Psychiatry in Kanazawa University Hospital and six research units for social recognition, communication impairment, and clinical brain imaging, as well as a regional coordination unit for supporting staffs for developmental disorder.