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NCRM signs MoU with Yamanashi University-Faculty of Medicine, JAPAN

Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) , an Indo-Japan joint venture institute based at Chennai and Yamanashi University-Faculty of Medicine, Japan (YUFM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of technology in regenerative medicine, technically skilled personnel for training and joint research projects between the institutes situated in India and Japan. Yamanashi University is a National university whose faculty of medicine has an undergraduate school of medicine with 100 students per year, a graduate school of doctorate courses in various specialties of medicine and a state-of-the-art tertiary referral hospital. NCRM is an Indo-Japan joint venture institute, started in 2005 and have been working on stem cells in the specialties of Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Liver Diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, Critical Limb Ischemia with several “firsts” in India in Regenerative Medicine.

The MoU which was signed on the 09thof April, 2007 at Yamanashi University, Japan by Prof. Shuichiro Maeda representing the YUFM and Dr Samuel JK Abraham representing the NCRM will be valid for five years from today and will pave way for exchange of technical know how and personnel between India and Japan among these institutes and their collaborating centers for propagation of knowledge to develop cell therapy based application for several diseases. This is the first such collaboration for YUFM with an institute in India and YUFM already has exchange programme with renowned institutes such as Karolinska Institute of Sweden.

In the MoU Signing ceremony: (L>R) Prof.Fujii, Dr Abraham, Prof. Maeda & Prof. Hamada

Before this MoU, Prof. Tsukahara, Vice president, University of Yamanashi and Prof. Fujii of the YUFM visited NCRM and their collaborating institutes in October 2006 to adjudge their credentials before the signing of the pact. Following this, a batch of medical students from YUFM are to visit NCRM for two weeks in August 2007.

The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Prof. Fujii and Prof. Hamada, Dept of Orthopedics, YUFM.

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*"Nichi" stands for Japan and "In" stands for India. This institute started on an Indo-Japan collaboration now has spreaded further with global alliances
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