Glocal Science Promotion Center

The Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG) focuses on promoting the HIGO (Health life science: Interdisciplinary and Glocal Orientated) Program (2012–2018) as a subsequent project to the 21st Century COE Program named the Construction of Research and Education Unit of Cell Lineage Control (2002–2006) and the Global COE Program named The Unit of Global Human Resource Development for the Research of Cell Lineage Control (2007–2011). We established the Glocal Science Promotion Center in 2017 to continue and develop the leading activity of the HIGO Program, which aims to connect local and global worlds, and improve the entire function of the institute. The Glocal Science Promotion Center is one of the new programs to promote research and education based on international standards. It operates alongside the joint usage and joint research center named the Joint Research Center for Medical Embryology (authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), the Inter-University Research Network for Trans-Omics Medicine, the Center for Organ Regeneration Research in IMGE, and a research support system named the Liaison Laboratory Research Promotion Center.


The center aims at being a one-stop portal center for the globalization and cooperation (across industry, government, and academia) of the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (including joint research centers and the Inter-University Research Network for Trans-Omics Medicine). It also aims to promote international research collaboration in the institute as well as industry-government-academia cooperation in Kumamoto and the Kyushu region, and human resource development. Through these promotions we will improve the advanced research of the institute, develop junior human resources, and contribute to society, which are the three major pillars of our work.



We accept applications for the globalization of the IMEG. Please consult Takamura, who is in charge of the office.

・Research collaboration with scientists abroad
1) About funding
Please apply for funding from the Joint Research Center (apply for the research fund and for support with transportation fees) 
2) Each department has to arrange transportation and accommodation by themselves.


・Arrangement of international seminar inviting speaker from abroad
1) About funding
After the evaluation, you may acquire funding from one the following institutions:
①Joint Research Center
②Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (from operating expenses)
International Research Core for Stem Cell-based Developmental Medicine
2) Make arrangements for transportation and accommodation. You may apply for these expenses together with a monetary gift for the speaker
3) Make an announcement about the seminar to attendees using media such as posters, the laboratory website, and emails.
4) Arrange meetings to gather information for the seminar.


・Internship application for domestic and overseas students
1) About funding
After the evaluation, you may use one of the following for financial support:
①Operating expenses of the IMEG
International Research Core for Stem Cell-based Developmental Medicine
2) Please refer to the following rules and application form: Kumamoto University Rules for Visiting Foreign Researchers, Kumamoto University IMEG Research Internship Program Application Form

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3) Please contact Kumamoto University International House about the transportation fees and details, and about housing.
4) Arrange a reception and other opportunities for interaction between international students and domestic students.



 International seminars
FY2016 Jun. 15 Ryuji Morizane, Harvard Medical School Liaison Lab Seminar
Jun. 20 Takanari Inoue, Johns Hopkins University Liaison Lab Seminar
Oct. 25 Mikiko Takeda, University of New Mexico Liaison Liaison Lab Seminar
Oct. 27 Fabrice Lavial, Université de Lyon The 284th IMEG Seminar
Dec.7 Masahiro Morita, Mcgill University Liaison Lab Seminar
Feb. 28 Derrick E. Rancourt, University of Calgary The 293th IMEG Seminar
Mar. 3 Angela Nieto, Institute of Neurociencias,Spain Liaison Lab Seminar
Mar. 29 Rudolf Jaenisch, MIT The 305th IMEG Seminar
FY2017 May. 17 David Bryder, Lund University, Sweden Liaison Lab Seminar
Jul. 4 Canada – IMEG joint mini symposium Mini symposium
Jul. 5 Katsura Asano, Kansas State University The 310th IMEG Seminar
Jul. 12 Kotaro Fujii, Stanford University IMEG Seminar
Dec. 19 Kenjiro Adachi, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine The 321th IMEG Seminar
Jan. 11-12 The 3rd KEY Forum International Symposium
Mar. 23 Keisuke Kaji, University of Edinburgh The 332th IMEG Seminar
FY2018 Apr. 20 University of Edinburgh Mini symposium
Jun. 26 Katsura Asano, Kansas State University The 337th IMEG Seminar
Jul. 25 Yujiang Geno Shi, Harvard Medical School Liaison Lab Seminar
Sep.5 Piero Carninci Liaison Lab Seminar
Sep.18 Bertrand Pain, University of Lyon/INSERM Liaison Lab Seminar
Oct. 17 Raj Ladher, NCBS, India Liaison Lab Seminar
Dec. 27 Masaki Kinoshita, University of Cambridge Liaison Lab Seminar
FY2019 Jun. 17 Rintaro Hashizume, Northwestern University IMEG and Department of Neurosurgery Joint symposium
Oct. 25 Colin Crist, McGill University The 367th IMEG Seminar
Dec. 9 Jun Asakura, University of Minnesota Medical School The 373rd IMEG Seminar
Dec. 2 Ryo Fujita, McGill University The 371st IMEG Seminar
Dec. 2 Shuichi Watanabe, Max-Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research The 372nd IMEG Seminar
Dec. 2 Austin Smith, Anton Wutz, Henk Stunnenberg University of Cambridge, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology , Randboud University, the Netherlands The 370th IMEG Seminar, Mini symposium
FY2020   none  
FY2020 Jan. 21 Bernard de Massy, Institute of Human Genetics, CNRS – Université de Montpellier, France The 413th IMEG Seminar



・IMEG Seminar Series -The road to global science-  (ONLINE Seminar)

Apr 28, 2021 Aissam Ikmi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany The 401th IMEG Seminar
May 27, 2021 Jacqueline Tabler, Max Planck Institute, Germany The 402th IMEG Seminar
Jun 22, 2021 Vikas Trivedi, EMBL Barcelona, Spain The 404th IMEG Seminar
Jul 15, 2021 Patrick PL Tam, University of Sydney, Australia The 405th IMEG Seminar
Aug 30, 2021 Eran Meshorer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Israel The 406th IMEG Seminar
Sep 27, 2021 Jacob Hanna, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel The 407th IMEG Seminar
Oct 12, 2021 Kathy Niakan, The Francis Crick Institute, UK The 408th IMEG Seminar
Nov 18, 2021 Xin Chen, Johns Hopkins University, USA The 409th IMEG Seminar
Dec 17, 2021 Peter Todd, University of Michigan, USA The 410th IMEG Seminar
Jan 2, 2022 Peter Zammit, King’s College London, UK The 411th IMEG Seminar
Feb 17, 2022 John B. Wallingford, University of Texas at Austin, USA The 416th IMEG Seminar
Mar 17, 2022 Qi-Long Ying, University of Southern California, USA The 417th IMEG Seminar



Industry-Academia-Government Cooperation



・Procedure for application of joint research projects
1. Decide the researcher with whom you wish to collaborate.
Please review the webpages that overview each research field if you have not decided the researcher with whom to collaborate. If you could not find a suitable researcher, please contact the following for support.


2. Decide the topic of the research
After you decide the collaborating researcher, please consult him or her to set the topic, period for research, fund, research plan, and other details.


3. Application
After you fill the joint research application form, please send it to the following office:
Administrative Division of Life Sciences
Tel: 096-373-5657 (International: +81-96-373-5657)
Email: ski-shien(at)


Download application form  [PDF 104KB]   [MS Word 75KB]


4. Examination of the research topic and decision of acceptance
We will consider the topic, and make a decision on the applied joint research project.


5. Conclusion of the joint research project contract
After the joint research project is accepted, we will conclude the joint research project contract.
You can start the research after it is concluded.


6. Payment of research expenses
After the conclusion of the contract, please pay the research expenses to our assigned bank account as shown in our bill.
You will pay the direct and indirect cost for carrying out the research. The indirect cost corresponds to 10% of the direct cost.
If you send a collaborating researcher(s) from an enterprise or other facility to our institute, you will be asked to pay an additional 420,000 JPY per year for each researcher.



・Rules and regulations

The policy of industry-academia cooperation in Kumamoto University


Representative Affiliations Names
Center Chief / Globalization Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology, IMEG Professor Hitoshi Niwa
Globalization Germline Development, IMEG Professor Akira Nakamura
Industry-academia cooperation Cell Modulation, IMEG Professor Takumi Era
Assistant Professor Minami Soga
Office Administrative Division of Research Centers for Life Sciences Takamura





Administrative Division of Research Centers for Life Sciences


Representative: Takamura
Tel: 096-373-6577 (International: +81-96-373-6577)
E-mail: m-takamura(at)