Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) and Waseda University have been collaborating and interacting for more than 40 years in interdisciplinary research that cuts across medicine and engineering, particularly the research and development of artificial hearts.
TWMU and Waseda University signed an official academic exchange agreement in 2000, and in April 2008 founded the Tokyo Women’s Medical University – Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences, or TWIns, as a research and education center for medical engineering under the direction of both universities.
The name TWIns meaning twins combines the “T” of TWMU and the “W of Waseda University with the “Ins” of “institution”. The two universities simultaneously established their own Centers for Advanced Biomedical Sciences within TWIns.
At TWins, the two universities have established a joint research institute based on their combined medical engineering expertise, and reinforced its structure for conducting research and personnel development that fuses clinical medicine with science and technology, with the aim of contributing to society through its research findings in the biomedical field.
They have created a superb research environment by, for instance, building laboratories that prioritize health and safety, and a management and operating system for shared equipment. They have also put in facilities for cell cultivation and animal and plant breeding and highly versatile research equipment, completed at the same time as the institute itself, and installed the research apparatus and facilities required for jointly developing a series of advanced research projects and application studies in descending order of frequency of use.
Health and welfare are big themes for humanity, and next-generation development is eagerly anticipated in the new fields of bioscience and biomedicine through the fusion of medical science and medical care with science and engineering.
In the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the introduction of leading edge technologies of nano-systems, image data communication technologies, and biomaterials is expected to deliver ever more advanced medical care. This will require medical engineering collaboration, which needs the creation of a new academic field combining medicine with science and technology.
The research conducted at TWIns is interdisciplinary and includes various fields of study such as life sciences, medicine, science and engineering, biology and others. The activities of this center of collaboration on next-generation medical engineering between Tokyo Women’s Medical University and Waseda University are aimed at achieving state-of-the-art healthcare through the introduction of leading edge technologies.
TWIns offers mainly graduate school education including a master’s program and a doctoral program, while at undergraduate level, second-year and third-year students use the institute for laboratory practice, and fourth-year students assigned to laboratories use them to do their graduation work.
Attached to TWIns and conducting their research activities there are some or all of the laboratories of: the Department in Modern Mechanical Engineering in the Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering; the Department in Life Science and Medical Bioscience, Department in Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, and Department in Integrative Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering in the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering; and the Biology Specialization of the Science Course in the School of Education. Education at TWIns have been further enhanced since April 2010 with the launch of the Cooperative Major in Advanced Biomedical Sciences, offered jointly by Tokyo Women’s Medical University and Waseda University, and the Cooperative Major in Advanced Health Science, offered jointly by Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Waseda University, the first graduate majors in Japan to be offered jointly by two universities.