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Glycomedicine Technology Research Center


About GTRC

OSL  Based on our knowledge of glycobiology, we will develop technologies enabling development of diagnostics and therapeutics. To do so, we will first identify critical diseases, among them cancer, to target and then concentrate our efforts on developing reagents to function as probes for those conditions. In particular, we will develop serum biomarkers for those diseases. Subsequently, we will identify glycoproteins as therapeutic targets. Overall, our goal is to develop clinically relevant diagnostics and therapeutics for diseases that have thus far been difficult to treat by conventional approaches using macromolecules such as DNA or protein. We believe that glycan-based research could impact human health.

Greeting from Director, Michiko Fukuda

Michiko Fukuda  Researchers in life science field understood the importance of basic research for human health. They spent a lot of time and effort in basic research for many years. These efforts yielded enormous information in biology and medicine. Now we understand mechanisms underlying events in cells and tissues under normal and pathological conditions, and yet we are not able to cure many diseases including cancer. What is missing now is the effective strategy for developing diagnostics and therapeutics. In this research center, we will bridge the valley of death by "Reverse Translational Research" by identifying clinically relevant diseases followed by the technique of carbohydrate based drug discovery. The glycomedicine Resaerch Center will be supported by the traditionally strong background in glycobiology field in Japan to develop diagnostics and therapeutics to human diseases including cancer.

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Our Members (Permanent Researchers)

Drug Development Team


Michiko Fukuda (Team Leader)
Tadashi Kimura


Glycomedicine Validation Research Team


Yasunori Chiba (Team Leader)
Tomomi Kubota


Glycoproteomics Team


Hiroyuki Kaji (Team Leader)
Atsushi Kuno
Akira Togayachi
Takashi Sato


Glycodiagnosis Translation Party


Atsushi Kuno (Leader)


Glycodatabase Research Party


Hisashi Narimatsu (Leader)

Inquiry (Administrative)

Glycomedicine Technology Research Center (GTRC)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Central 2, 1-1-1, Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8568, Japan
TEL: +81-29-861-3253 FAX: +81-29-861-3252