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Organization for Research Initiatives and Development

Doshisha University created the Office for Research Initiatives and Development in order to establish the university as a base for advanced interdisciplinary research, and to provide broad support for research activities.
The Office for Research lnitiatives and Development, which is comprised of numerous organizations and shared facilities for advanced research, returns the benefits of research activities to the educational field, and contributes to society as a whole..

Base for Advanced Education and Research

The purpose of this Office is to form a Base for Advanced Education and Research at Doshisha University, to improve graduate school education through distinctive and advanced research, and to pass on the results of research to society.
This Center undertakes comprehensive and interdisciplinary research in the field of monotheistic religions, and focuses on achieving peace and coexistence among the civilizations that have developed around the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish religions.

This Center is involved in advanced, comprehensive research in technological strategies, innovative management and organizations, and international competitive capabilities.

This Center conducts advanced, systematic research into next-generation zero-emission energy transformation systems with the goal of identifying the most ideal energy transformation processes for protecting the natural environment.

The Center investigates various issues associated with risks and uncertainties which occur during human life courses. Particular attention is paid to social security, care systems, ordinary civil lives, risks which are common to females, and employment / income. We intend to produce not only research outputs but also policy proposals in these fields.

Center for Baby Science


Research Centers

The goal of these Research Centers is to open up new directions in modern applied research, and at the same time to foster young researchers through ties to research and education at the University's Graduate Schools.
Many of the full-time faculty members from Doshisha University are active as researchers at the various Research Centers, which also welcome eminent researchers from Japan and around the world as guest fellows. In this way, the Research Centers are able to strive for the world's highest standards.

Infrastructures Research Center

The purpose of this Center is to conduct interdisciplinary and comprehensive research in the field of infrastructure and related areas. Towards this goal, the Center 1) hosts research meetings, symposiums, and international conferences; 2) publishes research reports; 3) conducts exchanges with universities and other organizations in Japan and overseas; 4) manages meetings for the EMTP Committee, and other organizations; and 5) trains young researchers.

Research Center of Applied Electromagnetic Energy

In order to make effective use of electromagnetic energy, this research center conducts a wide range of research activities including studies on standard methods of measurement of magnetic properties of magnetic materials used in electromagnetic devices; numerical calculation methods for improving the characteristics of electromagnetic devices; modelling of magnetic properties used for numerical calculations of electromagnetic devices; and electromagnetic characteristics and circuit behavior used for electronic devices. The center also engages in research on systems and current modes for making effective use of solar energy.

Higher Education and Student Research Center

This research center aims to further the research base of student surveys that it has conducted over the years, and enhance theoretical studies on student growth and achievement. The center also aims at expanding its activities to practical studies that will help universities participating in the center’s student surveys to improve their educational system and student learning using the data and analysis of the survey results that the center provides.

Center for Knowledge Science in Cultural Heritage

This research center aims to develop technologies for the computerization, restoration and measurement of diverse cultural heritage belonging to various regions and ethnic groups for archival and preservation purposes. At the same time, it aims to make available to the public the historical ‘worlds’ we revived from cultural heritage information, offering learning opportunities to many people.

Research Center for Criminology

Established as the first research organization specializing in criminology in Japan, this research center aims to contribute to the development of criminology in the country by taking a leadership role and becoming a hub for research and international exchanges.

Center for Korean Studies

As a hub for the Kyoto Consortium for Korean Studies, this research center engages in a range of activities including seminars, international academic conferences and workshops for young researchers, joint research projects, and research support for young researchers. Through such efforts, the center aims to energize research activities on the Korean Peninsula and train next-generation researchers for work in this field.

Innovative Computing Research Center

This research center aims to activate and diversify research activities at Doshisha University in the fields of calculation simulation and computing systems by providing a growing number of researchers in related fields with venues to gather and gain support, and also by forming a research hub in which other universities and companies can participate.

Mobility Research Center

A paradigm shift in mobility led by technological innovation related to information and communication is required in developed countries that are rapidly transitioning to aging societies, and also developing countries where traffic problems and environmental degradation are in progress. For example, while personal mobility devices, which have been studied from a viewpoint of efficiency in people’s travel behavior, require a combination of sensing, automatic control and robot technologies based on information and communication technology, it is also important to investigate a system for distributing such devices throughout society with consideration for building a complementary relationship between existing transportation options such as cars and next-generation mobility vehicles. The center conducts research, development and dissemination of new technologies for realizing mobility innovation for the future by closely combining and integrating the information system, the control system and the social system.

Research Center for International Transactions and Law

This research center conducts interdisciplinary and comprehensive research on international businesses and related legal works, as well as provides support for research surveys, through which it aims to make a positive contribution to the progress of academic research at Doshisha University.

Wave Electronics Research Center

The wave physics, including electromagnetic wave and ultrasound, is a core of recent technologies to describe and investigate modern topics in science. This research center focuses on “wave physics” and “electronics” and their combined studies, with engineering points of view. The interdisciplinary approach will also be encouraged to integrate the studies of various fields, such as physics, electronics, mechanics,
biology, medical sciences, etc., with the key idea of “wave electronics”

Center of Neurological Disorder Research

To improve human health and lives, this research center focuses on neurological disorders. For that purpose, the center is conducting wide-ranging research in molecular biology to human pathology.

Research and Development Center for Advanced Composite Materials

This research center conducts research on carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials with a focus on their evaluation and processing technology, and aims to become a leading base for disseminating research findings in this field. Carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials are used in the manufacture of small- and medium-sized aircrafts, automobiles and robots, which require mass-production technologies and whose further development is expected.

Center for Neurologic Diseases

This research center aims to clarify the pathogenic mechanisms of psychiatric and neurological diseases (developmental disabilities, depression, dementia, etc.), connecting the outcomes to early diagnosis, treatment and the development of prevention methods. Particularly the center aims at developing drugs for treating Alzheimer’s disease-a common form of dementia-in close collaboration with the research group at the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Research Center for New Energy Conversion Materials 

This research center is mainly constituted by researchers, who mainly make materials science and engineering a specialty, declaims a recycling process and creates of new energy conversion materials from a new perspective. This research center sets up one joint research theme in order to make cooperation between researchers dense, but sets up themes of the reservation of urban mine resources, the establishment of resources and a recycling system, the research and development of material and devices, such as the thermoelectric materials, the solar cell, and a new energy conversion elements as sub-themes, and carries out application development researches as group research, cooperating with external valuation organizations.

Tube Radial Distribution Phenomenon (TRDP) Research Center

This research center engages in extensive research on the ‘tube radial distribution phenomenon (TRDP)’ through various academic fields and from a viewpoint of industrialization. The center aims at further promoting advanced, interdisciplinary and globalized research activities of students and researchers.

Therapeutic Systems Research Center

In the field of biomedical research, studies of therapeutic system engineering are becoming increasingly important not only as a clinical medicine but also as a part of medical engineering. With the aim of conducting applied research related to fundamental technologies for the development of new therapeutic systems for clinical medicine, the center conducts research, development and examination of new therapeutic systems applicable for clinical use specifically in respiratory, otolaryngology, ophthalmic and pediatric medicines.

Research Center for Nano-Bioscience

The rapid advances in bioscience and evolution of nanoscience where nanosized and mesoscopic-sized molecular assemblies are designed and synthesized enable us to understand vital phenomena at the molecular level. In this research center, chemists, biologists, physicists, and mathematicians work together to develop new nano-biomaterials on the basis of the knowledge of nano-bioscience. The center will also establish Doshisha’s own system for supplying the nano-biomaterials to various fields and spreading the knowledge widely all over the world.

Doshisha Center for Civil Diplomacy (DCCD)

In the midst of the rapid progress of globalization, diplomacy is no longer the preserve of governments. Rather, the role of international exchanges at citizen level is becoming increasingly important. Against this backdrop, this research center examines the current situations and challenges of international exchanges promoted by local governments, civic groups, NPOs and other organizations mainly in the Kansai region (including Kyoto) while grounded in the context of international relations and domestic politics, and offers a practical education program for cultivating individuals who will become positively involved in citizen diplomacy.

Research Center for Advanced Bio-Mechanics

This research center investigates theories in bio-mechanics and related fields, and also engages in measurement and analysis in the fields of health and sports science, rehabilitation engineering, and medical and biological engineering, as well as the development of implant device technology, from the perspective of biological function design. In addition, the center strongly promotes the development and research of practical technologies in sports science, welfare engineering and rehabilitation with a focus on their application to advanced medical care capable of meeting the challenges and requests of clinical sites. It also aims to establish a cutting-edge international research center in the field of bio-mechanics.

Center for the Study of the Creative Economy

To strategically strengthen Japan’s economic competitiveness in the 21st century and enhance people’s quality of life, it is of great importance to deepen understanding of the kind of creativity that leads to innovation with market value. On that premise, this research center aims to advance fundamental research on environments that promote the development of products and services based on creativity, as well as market expansion strategy in the global market, with a view to developing policy proposals. Specifically, the center deals with research themes such as R&D strategies, human resource development, the creative city, nation branding and development plans of creative industries, and welfare policies. At the same time, the center conducts comprehensive research on the aforementioned themes and disseminates the research findings in Japan and beyond.

Research Center for Adipocyte & Muscle Science 

This research center aims to establish the impacts of either exercise or physical inactivity on the molecular mechanisms underlying the metabolic crosstalk between skeletal muscle and adipose tissue in order to demonstrate that exercise is medicine, and in turn, to develop a new advanced program(s) of exercise prescription. The center also promotes the provision of fundamental knowledge for the development of medicines
and nutritional supplements which are capable of mimicking the effect of exercise. Through such initiatives, the center aims to establish a cutting-edge international research center in the field of health and sports science.

Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine Research Center

While the research area of health and sports science is becoming subdivided and refined, there have also been great expectations regarding the trend toward interdisciplinary studies. This research center focuses not on micro research at the genetic or cellular levels but on macro research on the whole body, as well as on environmental systems surrounding the whole body. To address the latest social issues such as ‘exercise guidelines for children’, ‘physical activity and mental health’, ‘metabolic syndrome’, ‘locomotive syndrome’, and ‘care prevention for the elderly’, researchers at the center work together organically and disseminate the research findings among a wider audience.

The Amami-Okinawa-Ryukyu Research Center

This research center conducts joint research on the history and contemporary issues of the Ryukyu Islands including the Amami Islands, and also cultivates young researchers who will engage in studies on Amami, Okinawa and Ryukyu to establish a continuous research network in the field. ‘Amami’ is included in the name of the center because when examining the modern and contemporary history of Ryukyu, Okinawa-Amami relations hold great importance, and the history of Amami has its own specificity that prevents it from being integrated into the histories of Ryukyu and Okinawa.

Medical Ultrasound Research Center

Subsidized by MEXT’s ‘Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation
at Private Universities’, this research center works to clarify the ultrasound output
range for safe use, establish a highly accurate quantitative examination technique,
and organize a system to continuously define safety standards even after the government-aided program ends. Ultimately, the center aims to strengthen the foundation for the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques based on ultrasound technology, and form a research base for the development of patient-friendly medical technology.

Research Center for Psychological Science

In recent years, the subject of mental health has gained in prominence in many societies. Issues include, for example, bullying and corporal punishment in schools, and pressure on working women trying to raise a family, a cited factor behind Japan’s declining birth rate. In addition, an increase in people with mental illness or a developmental disability is drawing social attention. Interdisciplinary studies, centering on psychology, are required to resolve these issues.
This research center conducts fundamental research on these issues in animals and humans by applying brain science and behavioral science approaches. It aims to expand this into practical research with a view to supporting child development, education and the elderly from a perspective of lifelong education and development targeting everyone from infants, mothers and teachers to the elderly. The center also promotes activities oriented toward fundamental research and practice in clinical psychology. In addition, the center will clarify a mechanism of human relations in society and organizations, and extend support to bring about a harmonious social environment.

Research Center for Highly-functional Nanoparticles

Doshisha University has been pioneering fundamental research on the creation of highly-functional nanoparticles, and possesses high potential for knowledge accumulation in this field. Kyoto is a region where particle industries have been traditionally active and there are many world-class companies using nanoparticles such as metallic particles, and ceramics, as materials. Against this background, universities and industries collaborate to cultivate local industries and implement the regional COE (Center of Excellence) program supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Based on the challenges discovered through this university-industry collaboration, the Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities has been implemented. Furthermore, to realize the process design concept cultivated in these initiatives, the center will create highly-functional nanoparticles and develop particulate processes that enable the creation of devices.

Research Center for Kyoto and tea culture

Kyoto is the center of Japan’s traditional culture. It also holds an important position in the history of cultivation, production and consumption of Japanese tea, and the development of the tea ceremony and related art works. It was Yae Neesima (our founder’s wife) who promoted women’s participation in the tea ceremony after the Modern era. As an area that not only produces high-quality tea but is also home to the Grand Master of the Urasenke School of Tea, Kyoto has always been inextricably linked to tea culture. Capitalizing upon these characteristics of Kyoto, this research center conducts interdisciplinary and comprehensive research on the relationship between the regional identity of Kyoto and tea, whose culture is renowned throughout the world alongside Japanese cuisine, through industry-university-government collaboration. The center aims to not only disseminate its research findings through publications, but also to promote the holding of cultural events and symposiums in Kyoto, thereby making a meaningful contribution to regional vitalization and wider society.

Research Center for Plantations in Southeast Asia

The primary aims of this research center are to investigate and study
(1) the causes of ongoing expansion of oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia and its impact on the local society, economy and nature, and (2) trends in the development of plantations in general, as well as the cultivation of the cash crops, in Southeast Asia. Utilizing data from the aforementioned investigation, the center will identify the problems of the expansion of oil palm plantations in the overall structure of plantation
crops production and attempt to revitalize the research on those problems. Furthermore, the center will comprehensively clarify the changes in agriculture, society, economy and natural environment of the region, and, by looking at the future direction there,
announce the research findings, including problem-solving propositions, to a wider audience.

Advanced Biomedical Engineering Research Center

In its constant aim of developing novel therapeutic modalities for the treatment of sight-threatening severe corneal diseases, the Advanced Biomedical Engineering Research Center at Doshisha University focuses on developments in regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical pathways for corneal diseases through the elucidation of pathological conditions. This center has a long and impressive record of presenting
fundamental breakthroughs in cornea-related regenerative medicine, and aims to become a key hub in the global network of translational research and associated clinical applications through close collaboration with leading medical research universities and industry worldwide. In addition, the center continually focuses on developing a core group of next-generation researchers as well as the formation of a research base via the expert training of graduate students and visiting international research fellows.

Research Center for Bioethics Governance

Prior to the establishment of this center there had not been a systematic research system for studying bioethics at Doshisha University. This research center has been established to systematically conduct research on bioethics and aims to play a leading role in this field in Japan by offering a new perspective with a focus on bioethics governance.

Advanced Biomaterial Research Center

This research center aims to contribute to medicine, medical care and engineering through the development of advanced biomaterials, and also aims to promote the invention of world-class biomaterials, the development of processing technology, and the study of clinical application.

Center for the Study of Conscience

The goals of this research center are to examine ‘conscience’ in contemporary society and establish the ‘study of conscience’ as an interdisciplinary academic field through the exploration of its possibilities for application and practice. Furthermore, the center aims to disseminate the research findings in Japan and abroad, and establish a new academic community in this field.

Center for Research in Public Services

This research center aims to conduct a contemporary and practical investigation to clarify the problems facing public services under the cooperation of organizations and groups involved in public services, and develop theories and methods for solving issues both current and future.

Center for Social Wellness Studies

This research center aims to pursue the following research themes:
  1. Cultivation of specialists in wildlife management
  2. Development of a ‘smart hunting system’ for reducing the burden on hunters and securing the quality of wild game meat
  3. An empirical study on the accumulation of social capital with ‘solidarity’ as a guiding concept
  4. Implementation of a project to develop abilities of self-sustainment, self-sufficiency and independence through the practices of cultivation, processing and manufacturing based on the past achievements of human resource development by organic farming, and food and agriculture education for children
  5. Practical research on the creation of renewable energy by citizens using an increasingly widespread innovative solar house system
  6. A study on the increase in social effectiveness and efficiency of medicine based on a Personal Health Record (an electronic medical record maintained and controlled by patients).

Center for Wing of Empirically Supported Treatments (WEST)

This research center aims to take on a central role in Western Japan to promote increased development, dissemination and research of the empirically supported treatments in Japan.

Systems Neuroscience Research Center

Neural circuits mediate brain functions such as movement and learning, however, their mechanism has not been fully identified. This research center aims to pursue the principles of neural circuits beyond the framework of brain region and brain diseases, and apply the findings to clinical practice.

Feminist Gender Sexuality Studies Center (FGSS Center)

This research center is working to establish a base for feminist gender sexuality studies where researchers gather and disseminate their findings in Japan and beyond. The center also aims to foster Doshisha University’s educational ideals of ‘Liberalism’ and ‘Internationalism’.

Center for Study of South China Sea

The Center for Study of South China Sea was established in 2015 to analyze the disputes in the South China Sea. The Center consists of specialists of international law, international politics and area studies.

Research Center for Space and Medical Sciences

One of the purposes of this research center is to investigate the physiological and/or biomedical adaptation in human and animals to the lower gravity environment on the Mars and moon, in addition to the microgravity. We would like to apply for the spaceflight experiments, if possible. However, all experimental models are not necessarily depended on the flight study. Investigation of the methods for prevention and/or inhibition of medical problems, such as locomotive syndrome caused by aging or reduced anti-gravitational physical activity, etc., by using various simulation models.

Research Center for Well-being

Well-being refers to the positive state of being physically, psychologically, spiritually, and socially. Well-being is beyond the mere emotional happiness. The concept of well-being includes not only individual happiness but also it encompasses positive states of individuals in communities (such as schools, companies, society, etc.) in a broader sense. There has been an increasing awareness on the importance of the concept of well-being, among societies and the international community.

The Well-being Research Center aims to conduct following activities:
1. Examine various aspects of “well-being” and conduct interdisciplinary research on measures to attain well-being. For interdisciplinary study, our researchers are coming from the areas of brain science, psychology, sociology, business science, global sociology research, etc.
2. Undertake a multifaceted research on the "well-being" culture reflecting Japanese (Kyoto’s) unique culture, including tea ceremony, Zen, etc. We also aim to advance our understanding on the "way of being" based on those cultural contexts, in the areas of management and enterprise strategies aligned.
3. Based on the above, the center aims to foster Well-being related industries.

The center’s ultimate goal is to contribute “Well-being” (happiness) of the people regardless of nationality by widely disseminating the research outcomes from Kyoto to Japanese and international societies.

Research Projects for External Grants

Research Projects for External Grants, which operate based on grants from individuals, corporations, companies, and other external organizations, are established with the goal of contributing to the vitality and diversity of research and education activities at Doshisha University. Unique courses and open classes are also offered as part of these projects in the form of "contributed classes."

Anti-Aging Medical Research Center

Classifying aging as a disease, this center conducts scientific investigations into the phenomena generated in the aging process from birth to death. It aims to use the research findings to prevent various diseases such as lifestyle-related conditions, as well as to help eliminate disease-causing factors such as stress-related fatigue and decreased immunity, and ultimately aims to contribute to the promotion of people’s health and well-being.

Research Center for Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine

This research center conducts medical research, from fundamentals to clinical application, to explore the causes of clinical conditions such as body damage and inflammation, and apply the findings in the treatment of various diseases.

Glycative Stress Research Center

Glycation is a non-enzymatic reaction between reducing sugars and proteins, which results in the formation and accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), advanced glycation of proteins, and induction of receptor-mediated inflammation. Therefore, glycative stress is believed to be one of the risk factors affecting aging. This research center aims to establish a measurement method of a glycative stress marker and further the research based on the fundamental research on the mechanism of glycative stress with a view to developing anti-glycation agents in the future.

Research Center for Medical Science Based on Natural Products

This research center conducts new mechanism-based research with the aim of creating naturally-derived drugs and supplements for central nervous system disorders, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, depression and Parkinson’s disease.