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Mahidol University And Osaka University Center
 
 
Mahidol University and Osaka University Collaborative Research Center (MU-OU:CRC) for Bioscience and Biotechnology
 
Rationale
MU-OU:CRC was established at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University in 2002 to conduct advanced research in the fields of Bioscience and Biotechnology. By combining and integrating various fields, the MU-OU:CRC aims to improve the quality of people’s lives by focusing on basic research/applications in the sustainable utilization of the abundant natural resources of Southeast Asian countries. Modern equipment, provided jointly by Mahidol University and Osaka University, are available within the CRC, including capillary DNA sequencer, automatic protein purification system, PCR including Real-time PCR system, and 2D-gel electrophoresis. The highly qualified expertise of the staff members, together with sophisticated equipment, will enable the CRC to tackle interesting problems at the forefront of Biotechnology.
 
Foundation of MU-OU:CRC
Mahidol University and Osaka University have had long term co-operation in the field of applied microbiology. Since 1978, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has carried out special bilateral exchange programs with universities in Southeast Asian countries. Initially, the “Core university system” was exploited with the designated universities playing leading roles in the co-operative activities. The program with Thailand, which later expanded to the field of biotechnology, is one of the first and most successful examples of these cooperative programs. Osaka University serves as the core university to co-ordinate the activities of cooperating universities and researchers in Japan, while the counterpart core university in Thailand was Kasetsart University from 1978 to 1985 and Mahidol University from 1985 to the present. Hence, 30 years of close cooperation between Osaka and Mahidol Universities in the field of biotechnology have now merged into a multilateral co-operative research program, involving several Asian countries.
 
 
Cooperative Research Station in Southeast Asia (CRS) International Center for Biotechnology, Osaka University.
 
Rationale
The International Center for Biotechnology (ICBiotech), Osaka University,
is dedicated to promote international cooperation among Asian countries in terms of research and education in the field of Biotechnology. Since its establishment in 1978, ICBiotech has built up extensive experience in the international collaboration on science and education, particularly with Southeast Asian countries. In addition, a UNESCO International Post-graduate Course in Microbiology, a one-year training course, has been conducted, since 1973 by ICBiotech with the cooperation of major Japanese universities (Osaka University, Tohoku University, The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Kyushu University) and has trained 411 researchers from various Asian countries. Financial support is derived mainly from the Japanese government. From 2004, new program (UNESCO Postgraduate Inter University Course in Biotechnology) has been conducted with some matching funds from the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University as well as National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC). Thai staff members from Mahidol University (MU), Chulalongkorn University (CU), King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Kasetsart University (KU) and BIOTEC also contribute significantly to this new training course. ICBiotech has also carried out the core university program of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the field of Biotechnology under the strong partnership with Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia since 1978.
 
 
Foundation of CRS

ICBiotech carries out an array of scientific cooperative programs and initiatives based on its belief that scientific research is essentially international cooperation. In 2001, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has launched “A Policy for the Structural Reform of National Universities.” Through this new system, ICBiotech with the supportive agreement from Osaka University, has set up its first branch office namely Cooperative Research Station in Southeast Asia (CRS) at Mahidol University, official opened on December 23, 2002.

 
Activities of MU-OU:CRC and CRS
MU-OU:CRC and CRS have organized several activities including seminars, workshops and joint programs with UNESCO, which involve the international exchange of university students and researchers, such as student scientific camp and a one-year UNESCO training course in biotechnology. MU-OU:CRC and CRS has also organized advanced research co-operation for Thai researchers with the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), which provides budget for Thai researchers from many universities and institutes to do research work in the center for 1 to 3 months.
 
 
The current activity between Osaka and Mahidol universities also includes a course in biotechnology, open during the second semester covering the period from November to February of the following year. Currently, two servers were donated by Osaka University to the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. One sever is at Mahidol University Computer Center (MUCC) and the another server is at Department of Biotechnology. Both servers will be used in the cyber course lectures between the two universities.
 
 
Mahidol University, with staff from Department of Biotechnology and from other Departments, has conducted the scientific research with staff from ICBiotech, Osaka University, together with staff from other universities and institutes, from both Japan and Thailand. The research emphasis of the center is on the development of sustainable utilization of biological resources, particularly the microorganisms of industrial importance. The research focuses on the use of multidisciplinary fields to search new resources, and to improve their productivity through various genetic tools for their applications. Recent topics include screening for novel bacterial species and novel bioactive compounds from actinomycetes with animal cells as a test system, as well as molecular study and optimization of bacteriocin production from lactic acid bacteria, etc.
 
Contact
Name: Prof. Dr. Watanalai Panbangred
E-mail: scwpb@mahidol.ac.th
Address: 5th Floor, Chalermprakiet building, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama VI Rd., Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
Tel: +66(0) 2201-5920-21,
Fax: +66(0) 2201-5926.

Name: Prof. Dr. Takuya Nihira
E-mail: nihira@icb.osaka-u.ac.jp
Address: The International Center for Biotechnology, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita, Japan 565-0871
Tel: +81-6-6879-7455
Fax: +81-6-6879-7454

 

 

 

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