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Research Center for Biomedical Engineering

Outline (History) of Research Center for Biomedical Engineering

Toyo University promotes educational and research activities in interdisciplinary study fields, aiming to develop a high-level and characteristic base for education and research. As a part of those efforts, Toyo University's Faculty of Engineering established in 1961 was reorganized into Faculty of Science and Engineering in April 2009, with an eye to inventing "technology in harmony with nature and life", which can be considered as "manufacturing in the 21st century".
In this context, the Research Center for Biomedical Engineering was established in June 2010 in order to fulfill a core part in new approach to educational and research activities of Toyo University, in response to social requirements in the future aged society with a falling birthrate. So far, medical engineering research has developed as an academic field directly related to medical care. However, facing an age of aging society with fewer children, it is required for medical engineering to advance into a new study field which can be applied for not only medical care but also everyday life, so as to construct a safety and secure society. Symptoms of adult lifestyle-related diseases can be prevented or reduced by improving everyday lifestyle, as shown in its disease name. In consideration of critical conditions of insurance medical systems in Japan, it has become an important issue in the 21st century how to maintain people's health through improving their own abilities to adjust, defend, and cure.
The Research Center for Biomedical Engineering performs activities aiming at advancing into the medical engineering field to support the society in the 21st century, with the theme of "Development of a health support system with visualized stress based on brain science"

Activities and Features of Projects

Human beings (biological organism) maintain homeostasis with their own functions while affected by external conditions, such as natural, social, and dietary environment, as well as internal conditions, such as the cells, tissues, organs, and mind. In order to stay healthy, it is important how to create the environment in which those functions can be improved, work well, and be assisted. Especially, a brain, which is the most important center of the autonomic nerves and endocrine system, has significant impacts on development of adult lifestyle-related disease, as interacting with immunization system. This project tries to visualize stress with "brain science approach" focusing on "stress and exercise". By identifying functional meanings of brain background activities and visualizing them, health support systems are developed including a bio-feedback system, an exercise program to maintain health by improving people's own abilities to adjust, defend, and cure.

Research Achievements

Mainly in the building No. 7 and Symbiotic Robot House at Kawagoe Campus, environments for stress tests, analyses of brain functions, and analyses of biological defense functions have been built to work on individual research themes. Promoting international cooperative programs, the Center concluded partnership agreements with Sydney Medical School (cardiovascular neuroscience), the Howard Florey Institute at University of Melbourne (systems neuroscience), Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales (neuroscience), and Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle (Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy) in Australia. The symposium of Research Center for Biomedical Engineering, Toyo University, was also held. Activities have well conducted as scheduled.

Future Development (Goal)

As the goal of the first half of the project, the Center intends to develop a biological sensor and a biomarker toward visualization of stress, energetically and systematically pushing ahead with a cranial nerve scientific approach and immunity scientific approach in stress management.