Research Institutes & Centers

We have 12 Inter-Department Institutes for Education and 11 University Collaborating Institutions.

Research Institute

Institute for Materials Research Experimental and Theoretical Studies of New Materials and their applications(29 divisions)
Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer Basic and Clinical Studies of Cancer and Brain Diseases related to the aging process(7 divisions)
Institute of Fluid Science (Joint Usage / Research Center) Theoretical and Experimental Studies on Fluid Flows (3 divisions)
Research Institute of Electrical Communication (Joint Usage / Research Center) Theory and Application of Intelligent Information Science and Communications (4 divisions)
Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Joint Usage / Research Center) Systematic and futuristic studies of new concepts, methodologies and processes related to advanced materials (4 division)
International Research Institute of Disaster Science Research on the Theory and Application of Disaster Science (7 divisions)

Inter-Department Institutes for Education and Research

Center for Northeast Asian Studies To carry out regional interdisciplinary and integrated studies of North and East Asia, including Japan.
Research Center for Electron Photon Science Using electron and photon beams produced via electron accelerators, we aim to promote fundamental study and applied research of various classes of materials in nuclear physics, accelerator science and material science. Furthermore, through the development of new electron photon beams, we aim to break new ground in unexplored areas of research, develop new areas of research while nurturing researchers and technical experts in many fields of electron photon science.
Research Center for Neutrino Science To contribute to the advancement of particle physics, astrophysics and geophysics through observation of low-energy neutrinos and research experiments conducted in extremely low-level radioactive environments.
Institute for Excellence in Higher Education To plan, promote, and support professional development, and to raise the level of knowledge and pedagogy in universities in cooperation with other departments.
Institute for International Advanced Research and Education To create new total knowledge, and to promote nurture young researchers to international standards by carrying out research and development, planning and support regarding education based on new research achievements in interdisciplinary fields.
Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences

To develop and promote interdisciplinary research by making functional use of Tohoku University's knowledge with supporting senior and young researchers for the advancement of humankind.

The Center for Academic Resources and Archives To collect, store, preserve and research scholarly materials belonging to the university, including: scientific specimens, important official documents (such as historical records and other materials relating to the university's history), and biological resources grown within the botanical gardens; thereby contributing to education and research at the university while also disseminating and making widely available such materials for the advancement of education in society.
Center for Information Technology in Education To promote information sciences education, multimedia education and distance learning, to provide digital services for undergraduate and graduate students, and to manage and develop information systems necessary for the achievement of these objectives.
Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center To conduct research studies in various energy fields using the cyclotron and high-level, short-lived radioisotopes, as well as to carry out training in the safe handling of radiation and radioisotopes. Interdisciplinary research is carried out in nuclear biology with an accelerator and instrumentations, as well as in radiopharmaceutical chemistry, cyclotron nuclear medicine, and radiation protection and safety control.
New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) To respond to the needs of society by creating new technologies and products as well as by exploring new uses and industries. Original and cutting edge research is carried out in collaboration with industry.
Technology Center for Research and Education Activities To establish large-scale research facilities which contribute to the advancement of research and education and to manage these facilities in order to make them available for common use by faculty and other qualified persons. To offer a stable supply of low-temperature liquid and provide guidance in cryogenic technology. To promote the enhancement, and the fusion of social beneficial education and research at the university, ensure research functions and equipment designated by the University are shared widely both within and outside of the University through collaborations with campus wide departments, schools and institutions.
Cyberscience Center The Cybersience Center functions as both the Inter-Department Institution for Education and Research, and as the National Collaborative Research Institute. It fulfills a key role in promoting computerization in the University, managing design and operation of cyberinfrastructure based upon high-performance computing, networking and information-related technologies which promote the use of advanced information technology in research and education.

University Collaborating Institutions

Office of Cooperative Research and Development To promote wide-ranging academic research, contribute to the creation of knowledge, and facilitate institutional management/utilization of research results, such as university-owned intellectual properties. To contribute to the establishment of a mutually beneficial collaboration between industry, academia and government, and further develop of our society by providing support for the creation of new business.
Office of Research Promotion This office cooperates with the Tohoku University Research Promotion Council in order to promote research at Tohoku University.
Environment Conservation Center To protect the environment by the correct disposal of all waste products including wastewater, spent oil and other harmful waste (excluding radioactive waste) resulting from research activities conducted at this university. In addition, to conduct research on the technologies needed to deal with the different types of waste, and develop technologies free from secondary pollution for the utilization of waste as raw chemical materials.
Archaeological Research Office on the Campus To investigate and research archeological findings on campus and plan for their preservation and use.
Center for Laboratory Animal Research To evaluate animal experimentation protocols conducted by the Environment/Security Committee and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, to encourage compliance with regulations and safe management in animal experimentation, and to provide education and training to people conducting animal experimentation. We aim to maintain the legality of animal experimentation at our university and promote safe management of animal experimentation through these operations.
Center for Gene Research To evaluate gene recombination research plans conducted by the Environment/Security Committee and the Gene Recombination Research Security Committee. To encourage compliance with regulations and safe management at gene recombination research, and to provide education and training to people conducting gene recombination research. We also aim to maintain the legality of gene recombination research in our university and promote safe management of gene recombination research through these operations.
Center for Environmental Conservation and Research Safety Promote and encourage management of environmental protection, safety, and health at educational and research facilities on campus.
Center for Gender Equality Promotion Promoting gender equality at Tohoku University by taking measures to foster and support female researchers based on the policies of the Committee for Gender Equality.
Campus Design Office To conduct surveys and research on campus design from a long-term stand point while maintaining the traditions of Tohoku University, and to provide expert support to the Campus Comprehensive Planning Committee.
The Office of Japan- Russia Relations To work together with related departments and promote university-level exchange with Russian institutions. To contribute to the development of global research and education networks through the establishment and operation of the Japanese Inter-university Russia Office
Office of Innovation and Business Promote the commercialization of the university's research results and create business value for the university's intellectual properties through planning, development, and effective execution of "university-led joint industry research and development programs" including application call, evaluation, recommendation for selection, implementation planning and support, and program management through communication with university research centers and departments among others.

Other Research Centers

Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) As an international research center for innovative material science, AIMR established new atomic and molecular control through the deepening of principle theory on the atomic and molecular level and interdisciplinary integration. Based upon this idea, AIMR creates new materials with innovative and practical functions. Accordingly, AIMR contributes to sustainable development in Japan's industrial economy, while maintaining a leading-edge and making progress in relevant academic fields.
Information Synergy Organization The Information Synergy Organization carries out planning, arrangement, implementation, management and utilization of university-wide information infrastructures. Moreover, this organization contributes to the promotion of computerization by coordinating improvement and utilizing information system management while providing necessary operations to promote information security based on the information infrastructure.
Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization Contribute to creative reconstruction in the Tohoku Region through - Building a new type of biobank based on long-term follow up of medical and health information by large-scale cohort studies and genome information in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster area - Establishan advanced medical system and a research center through cultivation of highly specialized human resources - Reduce the shortage of medical practitioners by effective utilization of medical resources and implementation of advanced genome medicine
Promotion Office of Strategic Innovation Given that Japan is a country facing the aging population and the declining birth rate, our goal is to realize a sustainable, vital society and create a living environment with a high quality of life, by promoting cooperation among industry, government and academia in planning and research on strategies to promote the continuous creation of innovation.
Division of Engineering and Technical Staff The division organizes engineering and technical staff for academic studies and provides coordinated support to strengthen the infrastructure for education and research activities atTohoku University. To this end, it promotes skill development and appropriate job assignment for the engineering and technical staff.
Micro System Integration Center (μSIC) As an R&D center for integration of micro-systems, we aim, through cooperation with industry, to promote the development of micro-system integration techniques, and to contribute to the strengthening of Japan's international competitiveness in the field of integrated circuits. In addition, we aim to apply technologies in diverse fields such as information-communication, manufacturing, and medicine.
Center for Spintronics Integrated Systems This center aims to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon, energy-saving society and strengthen our international competitiveness in the field of next generation VLSIs, through the development of innovative energy-saving logic VLSIs that fuse spintronics devices and logic-integrated circuits under collaboration between industries, universities and government against that focus on these technologies.
Research Organization of Electrical Communication The Research Organization of Electrical Communication contributes to the advancement of information communication and electronics industries located in the disaster areas of Tohoku by bringing together the expertise of researchers and technical experts in the fields of electricity, communication and electronics of our university. It is also contributing to the construction of a disaster-resilient information communication network, and world leading innovative research development. The organization further contributes to the creation of new industries in our country in the fields of new information communication and electronics. It is promoting strategic research in response to social issues and contributing to community and national policy, and to the promotion of industry-academia collaborative research.
Center for Collaborative Research on Materials Science As a base of research and development, the Center for Collaborative Research on Materials Science promotes joint research in the field of materials science through cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Center invests training for leaders, produce research results on the highest world standards, and contributes to the development of science and industrial technology.
Center for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems Center for Integrated Electronic Systems was established as the first research base of science park at Tohoku University's Aobayama new campus in October, 2012, to research the innovative integrated electronic systems with energy-saving technologies, utilizing the various basic research seeds of Tohoku University and the centripetal force of academic-industrial collaboration experiences.
Organization for Leading Graduate School Program In cooperation with other related departments this program aims for the enrichment of postgraduate education by planning, conducting, and supporting credit programs for doctor courses on a global level; it equips graduate school students with a birds-eye view and the power of creativity, and contributes to the development of global leaders capable of working in industry-university-government sectors.
Tohoku Forum for Creativity The Tohoku Forum for Creativity is an international visitor research institute created to facilitate intellectual progress and scientific discoveries. The central aims of the Forum are to promote pioneering interdisciplinary research, to strengthen academic programs, and to foster the development of young researchers.
Material Solutions Center(MaSC)

The Material Solution Center (MaSC) contributes to the strengthening of global competitiveness of the Tohoku area during its industrial recovery as well as in the field of materials in our country by building a cooperation system for industry, academia and government. It also promote commercialization and R&D of technology in each process of processing, manufacture, treatment, analysis, and evaluation of new materials, which will benefit our future society.

Research Center for Rare Metal and Green Innovation We will contribute to realizing a sustainable low-carbon society through energy-efficient technologies and a smarter industrial structure with cost-effective uses of rare-earth metals. We will promote Green Innovation through research activities based on collaboration between academic, industrial and governmental alliance, and focus on education and training for the next-generation.
Institute for Disaster Reconstruction and Regeneration Research Tohoku University established the Institute for Disaster Reconstruction and Regeneration Research (IDRRR) headed by the university president, in April 2011 in the aftermath of the 3.11 disaster. Since then, we have been engaged in research, education, and social contribution, with an aim to lead the revitalization of Japan.
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