Graduate School of Medicine / Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University


Message from the Dean

SAWA Yoshiki,
M.D., Ph.D.

The origins of the Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University can be traced back to Tekijuku, founded in Osaka in 1838 by OGATA Koan. Stepping forward to promote smallpox vaccination in order to control the disease, which was prevalent at the time, OGATA dedicated his life to the introduction of Western medicine in Japan. Inheriting this spirit from Koan, today we educate new medical professionals and promote advances in basic medicine to support the medicine of the future, based on the keywords of Innovation, Translation, and Globalization. For these purposes, we have developed three initiatives as comprehensive, cross-functional organizations extending from the Faculty of Medicine to the University Hospital as well as other affiliated sections and other institutions. These are the Global Health Initiative, intended to promote international exchange, the Industry-Academy Cross-Innovation Initiative to promote industry-academy alliances, and the Bio-informatics Initiative aiming to develop clinical applications of big data in human genome analysis research. We also are carrying out educational reforms in Faculty of Medicine education as well as our master's and doctoral degree programs, intended to teach Professionalism and Globalism. In research, we are advancing new developments in cooperation with the University Hospital to link advanced medical knowledge discovered and developed at Osaka University to new innovations, and in the future as well we plan to put to use the considerable results that we have achieved as one of Japan's leading institutions to promote advanced medicine through translational research. To expand into the world and play an active role in the local community over the coming 50 to 100 years, while also respecting the efforts of our predecessors and traditional culture, we will strive for the further progress of the Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University as a Challenging, Sustainable, and Tough institution with a free and broad-minded culture focused on practical applications and the forward-looking ability to envision the future.