A delegation from University of Tsukuba, including two members of Transborder Medical Research Center, travelled to Perth, Australia between 5-7th June, 2018 to expand relations with University of Western Australia (UWA) under the international UT Campus-in-Campus initiative.
The successful trip allowed Professors from University of Tsukuba to attend symposium events planned by UWA and the nearby Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and to meet researchers and department members to discuss the potential for expanding collaboration and research opportunities.
The visiting University of Tsukuba delegates included: Professor Teruo Higashi from Global Affairs Office (ex University Vice President); Professor Yasunori Sasakura, Director of Shimoda Marine Research Center, Marine Science; Professor Chiaki Matsukura from Gene Research Center, Plant Science; Associate Professor Masafumi Muratani of Faculty of Medicine’s Transborder Medical Research Center Genome Biology Core and Mr Ian McMullen, also of the Faculty of Medicine’s Transborder Medical Research Center.
Photo: University of Tsukuba delegates meet Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research representatives in Perth, Western Australia.
The delegation met with Heads of UWA’s International Affairs and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, as well as the WA Oceans Institute, the Department of Plant Sciences and the Department of Sport Science.
The “Perkins” hosted an afternoon symposium and reception dinner, allowing Professors to highlight research capabilities and status of their work.
Japanese visiting Professors from University of Tsukuba were also able to deliver presentations promoting sharing of resources and showcased the high-level of research being conducted at University of Tsukuba. The symposium and casual dinner discussions afterwards offered an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and to discover untapped research collaboration opportunities.
Photo: University of Tsukuba’s Professor Teruo Higashi presents details of University of Tsukuba at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research symposium in Perth, Western Australia.
Strong relationships were forged between Japanese delegates and WA representatives to help continuing relationships between University of Tsukuba, University of Western Australian and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
The delegation also had various one-on-one meetings and tours to view significant technology facilities for research related to a myriad of ongoing plant, marine and medical related studies within UWA and the Perkins Center. The visit to Perth signaled the beginning of an exciting new phase of collaborative research and education between University of Tsukuba and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Photo: University of Tsukuba delegates meet the Oceans Institute at University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.
Article by: Ian McMullen
Transborder Medical Research Center
Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan