The RITM-Tohoku Collaborating Research Center on Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases was established in 2008 between Tohoku University and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) under the Japan Initiative for Global Research Network on Infectious Diseases (J-GRID) project. We have been continuing our research activities under the J-GRID project since 2015 and the Japan Program for Infectious Diseases Research and Infrastructure from 2020, which is sponsored by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED). We aim to identify causative agents and conduct epidemiological analysis of major infectious diseases from public health perspectives for establishing sustainable control programs for infectious diseases in the Philippines. We actively conduct field research together with local researchers in the Philippines. We are also collaborating with international institutions/organizations in Japan and the Philippines.
Although infectious diseases are the biggest health problem in the Philippines, the actual situations are still not fully understood. Our research outcomes will contribute to the establishment of sustainable infection control measures in the Philippines and can also be applicable to other developing countries through the international organizations. Young researchers play an important role in our research projects, and they are expected to become global leaders in infectious diseases control in the future.
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has been established in 1981 based on to the agreement between the governments of Japan and the Philippines through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Initially, the institute has a medical ward with 50 beds and followed by the construction of animal facilities in 1984, Training Center for tropical infections in 1989, and the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory in 2002. With these facilities, the RITM has the capacity to conduct training and workshops for health workers from the provinces. Under the Philippine Department of Health, RITM has a role to conduct the research on infectious diseases and tropical diseases and to function as a national reference laboratory in the Philippines. Furthermore, it also serves as a referral hospital during the outbreaks of emerging diseases, such as SARS or influenza A(H1N1) pdm09.
Residence in the Philippines (RITM)
Japan (Tohoku University)
Hitoshi Oshitani; Mayuko Saito; Taro Kamigaki; Michiko Okamoto; Clyde Dapat, Mariko Saito-Obata, Takeaki Imamura
Beatriz Quiambao・Marianette Inobaya・Edelwisa Segubre-Mercado・Melisa Mondoy・Mayan Lumandas