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Mission of Institute of Natural Medicine

Institute of Natural Medicine is established for the purpose of “Research of scientific principle of natural medicine, and its applied research “. Making full use of modern advanced science and technology, scientifically research of natural medicines and traditional medicines are progressed to integrate Eastern medicine and Western medicine, and we build a new medicinal system. Our mission is to contribute to the establishment of holistic medical care, including the preservation of the natural environment. 1) Securing and preserving natural drug resources, 2) Promoting basic research in natural medicines and traditional medicines and integrating Eastern medicine and Western medicine, 3) Establishing the objective diagnostic and treatment system in Kampo medicine and the training of Kampo medical professionals, and 4) Forming a hub center of transmission for information of traditional medicine research. We aim to create next-generation medical science based on the integration of Eastern and Western medicine and contribute to the healthy and long-lasting society.

Institute of Natural Medicine
KOMATSU Katsuko
Institute Director / Professor

Organization Chart

研究開発部門 臨床応用部門

和漢医薬教育センター 民族薬物資料館 産学官連携部門 所長 資源開発分野 病態制御分野 複雑系解析分野 国際共同研究分野 資源科学領域 天然物創薬領域 神経機能領域 生体防御領域

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Institute of Natural Medicine
University of Toyama
2630 Sugitani, Toyama 930-0194, Japan
Tel: 076-434-2281

History

1963.04
Founded, Research Institute for WAKAN-YAKU (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toyama Univ.)
Founded, Department of Development for Natural Drug Resources (later Materia Medica)
1964.04
Founded, Department of Pharmacology
1965.04
Founded, Department of Applied Biochemistry (later Clinical Application)
1969.04
Founded, Department of Patho-Biochemistry (later Pathogenic Biochemistry)
1972.05
Founded, Department of Natural Products Chemistry
1974.06
Founded, Research Institute for WAKAN-YAKU (Toyama Univ.)
1975.05
Started publishing periodically “Annual Report of Research Institute for WAKAN-YAKU”
1978.06
Founded, Research Institute for WAKAN-YAKU (Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical Univ.)
1980.03
Constructed, The building (2468m2)
1987.10
Founded, Department of Central Nervous Function Control System (temporary)
1988.10
Founded, Department of Immunological Function Control System (foreign visiting professor, temporary)
1990.04
Founded, Department of Cell-Resources Engineering (temporary)
1996.04
Founded, Analytical Research Center for Ethnomedicines
1997.03
Discontinued, Department of Central Nervous Function Control System
1997.04
Founded, Department of Analysis of Homeostasis (temporary)
1998.03
Discontinued, Department of Immunological Function Control System
1998.04
Founded, Foreign visiting professor in Analytical Research Center for Ethnomedicines
1999.04
Founded, Department of Kampo Diagnostics
2000.03
Discontinued, Department of Cell-Resources Engineering
2000.04
Founded, Department of Metabolic Engineering
2002.04
Founded, Department of Kampo Diagnostics Changed, Department of Natural Drug Resources to Department of Phamacognosy
2004.07.01
Founded, Department of Kampo-Pharmaceutics
2004.05.11
Founded, Division of Gastrointestinal Phathophysiology
2004.10.19
Changed, Division of Pharmacology to Division of Medicinal Pharmacology
2004.11.16
Changed, Japanese Name of the Division
2005.08.01
Japanese Name of the Research Center for Ethromedicines was changed, and three divisions of Biofunctional Evalution, visiting professors, International Cooperative Researches together with Museum of Materia Medical were established
2005.10.01
Japanese Name of the Institute of Natural Medicine was changed after integration of three universities, Toyama University, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University and Takaoka junior college
2007.04
Founded, Division of Biomedical Informatics (temporary)
2008.04
Founded, Department of Presymptomatic Health Promotion
2010.03
Alteration and extension of Museum of Materia Medica
2010.04
Approved, the Institute as the Collaborative Research Center
Founded, Division of Kampo Diagnostics
2010.11
Founded, Research Promotion Office
2011.01
Founded, Division of Natural Drug Discovery
2011.03
Discontinued, Division of Metabolic Engineering
Discontinued, Department of Presymptomatic Health Promotion
2012.03
Discontinued, Division of Clinical Application
2012.04
Reorganized, Division of Natural Products Chemistry
Reorganized, Division of Visiting Professors, Division of International Cooperative Research, Division of Biomedical Informatics to Division of International Cooperative Research
Reorganized, Research Promotion Office to Research Promotion Office/Division of Nutritional Biochemistry
Reorganized, Division of Biofunctional Evaluation, Research Center for Ethnomedicine to Division of Neuromedical Science, Department of Bioscience
2015.04
Reorganaized, Division of Kampo-Pharmaceutics, Donation Department to Division of Kampo-Phaemaceutics, Department of Medicinal Resources
Founded, Department of Translational Research, Founded, Division of Kampo Translational Research, Division of Natural Drug Discovery, Division of Cemo-Bioinformatics
2016.04
Reorganized, Research Promotion Office to Research Promotion Office for Science- Based Natural Medicine
2017.03
Founded, Integrated Research Center for Eastern and Western Medicine
Discontinued, Division of Kampo-Pharmaceutics, Department of Medicinal Resources
2018.03
Discontinued, Research Promotion Office for Science-Based Natural Medicine
2019.03
Discontinued, Integrated Research Center for Eastern and Western Medicine
2020.03.31
Discontinued, Research Center for Ethnomedicine
2020.04.01
Reorganized, Institute of Natural Medicine,
Founded, three departments of Research and Development, Clinical Application and Academia-Industry-Government Collaboration, additionally Kampo Education and Training Center and Museum of Materia Medica