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IRCMS Resarch Internship Program

International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) was established in 2014 as the center of excellence of Kumamoto University for the purpose of promoting life sciences.
IRCMS has a strong interest with the highest priority in developing a global collaboration and is focusing on exchange of young scientists at the PhD graduate student and postdoctoral levels with partner institutes abroad.
IRCMS has provided hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate placement who have the interest and motivation toward the advanced medical research as "Research Interns".

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1. Undergraduate or graduate students in the field of medical sciences at overseas universities.
2. Others as recent bachelor or master course graduates planning to enter postgraduate programs
 and having received approval of eligibility by the director of the IRCMS.
 Preference will be given to applicants aiming to enter the Master or PhD course at IRCMS.
Requirement for the successful applicants
1. Participants must obtain an appropriate health and travel insurance covering the travel period.
2. Participants must submit a weekly report.
3. At the conclusion of the program, participants must submit a report on the research project.
4. Participants must return their home countries soon after the completion of program.

2 to 8 weeks between mid May 2023 and early March 2024.
* The period of internship should be discussed with respective PIs.
* The period from August 11th to the 16th and December 29th to January 3, 2024 are excluded from the duration due to university's holidays.

Financial aid
IRCMS provides the participants with the travel expenses and accommodation for during the IRCMS Research Internship Program as the financial aid. The participation fee for the program will be free of charge.
1) Travel expenses: One direct roundtrip travel between the residence and Kumamoto.
  (The IRCMS will arrange the most reasonable travel means for participants.)
2) Accommodation: All or a part of the accommodation costs during the program will be provided.
Application Procedure
Application Procedure

Please refer to below for the research type of interns in each lab.

PI Introduction of research activities and laboratory E-mail
Masaya Baba Oncology, Mouse Model Research
Goro Sashida Hematology, Oncology
Guojun Sheng Early Embryogenesis
Hitoshi Takizawa Stem Cell Biology, Hematology
Hidenobu Mizuno Neuroscience, in vivo imaging
Toshio Suda Stem Cell biology, Hematology
Terumasa Umemoto Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Yuichiro Arima Cardiovascular Medicine
Aiko Sada Skin Regeneration and Aging
Kenichi Miharada Proteostasis in Stem Cell
Daisuke Kurotaki Chromatin Organization in Immune Cell Development
Selection Results
Successful participants will be decided through a comprehensive assessment of all submitted application materials. All participants will receive e-mail notification of the result of assessment from the Director of IRCMS.
Successful participants must confirm their firm participation by replying within 7 days after the result notification was sent (please note the international time difference.). If no reply is received within 7 days for whatever reason, then IRCMS will interpret the lack of a response as declining the participation to the IRCMS Research Internship Program.
Required Application Materials
Please download the application documents. "Application form & CV". Upload the documents to the application form.
A letter of recommendation from your supervisor or a professor at your university or at the organization. There is no specific format for this.
The Director of IRCMS will issue a certification for those who have completed the program and submitted a report.
Administration Office
International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS)
Kumamoto University
Email: ircms [at]