Message from Dean

Professor Toru Nabika


医学部長並河徹


Welcome to the homepage of Shimane University, Faculty of Medicine!
What was the motivation behind your decision to visit?
Visitors to our homepage are likely to represent a wide variety of people. I am sure that among you there are overseas students thinking about studying in Japan、and also researchers in universities and research centers. I hope that you will be able to learn a great deal about our faculty by browsing this homepage.
The Faculty of Medicine, Shimane University is located in Izumo, the region that was the center of ancient Japan. Izumo is a wonderful place with an abundance of nature and a rich history and culture that has flourished since ancient times. More than 40 years have passed since the opening of Shimane Medical University in 1976. During this time, we have produced more than 3000 doctors and 900 nurses. The Faculty of Medicine that exists today is as a result of the consolidation, in 2003, with Shimane University.
Shimane University has, with firmly-established roots in the community, contribution to the community as its top priority. We have worked hard towards the accomplishment of our mission to cultivate human resources that can support regional healthcare. There are a number of ways in which this support of regional healthcare can be defined. Not only must we develop doctors and nurses who can commit themselves to supporting regional healthcare, we also must train specialist doctors to work in central hospitals with advanced medical treatments, and researchers and educators who, meeting high global standards in their research, can teach subordinates well. Moreover, we must educate administrative officials who work in healthcare facilities.
Of course, students are responsible for deciding on their own career path. It is our hope that our students become independent and develop a broad perspective, enabling them to think for themselves when choosing their desired type and place of occupation. We at the faculty are focused on finding and delivering the kind of education most appropriate to producing such independent-minded individuals.
We are currently working on a number of different research projects. With the foundations of our research being in Shimane, in collaboration with Center for Community-based Healthcare Research and Education, we are involved in conducting interdisciplinary research towards the realization of a society of health and longevity. Also, we are working on the prevention, early diagnosis, and development of treatment methods for pancreatic cancer, of which prevalence is high in Shimane.
In relation to advanced medical research, we have been working on the development of treatment methods for congenital metabolic disorder through mesenchymal stem cell transplantation, treatment of mental disorders using kampo medicines, and the development of new diagnostic methods using raman spectroscopy towards the accomplishment of a collaborative medicine, science and engineering project.  We endeavor to conduct the kind of research that will be considered excellent, not only at the local level, but also at the global level.
The environment in which our university functions is becoming increasingly harsh. Even so, here in Shimane, we are committed to preserving a learning environment where one can experience the joy of learning and savor the real thrill to be found in the pursuit of one’s studies.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those of you who visited our homepage today. I humbly ask that you continue to support and watch over the Faculty of Medicine, Shimane University.