The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) is strategically promoting Japan's iPS(induced pluripotent stem) cell research at a national level, by setting the "Total Strategy for the Acceleration of iPS Cell Research". In this framework, the "iPS Cell Research Network" was built in April 2008, constituting an all-Japan research promotion system comprising the research organizations and scientists involved in the projects for iPS cell research supported by MEXT and Cabinet Office, Government of Japan.

This network is designed to accelerate and promote iPS cell research in a comprehensive manner, by allowing more than 700 scientists involved in the following five projects to share the latest research information, intellectual property rights, and outcome materials, according to the common rules stipulated in the "Rules and Regulations of iPS Cell Research Network".

The Steering Committee of MEXT iPS Cell Research Network

Steering Committee of the iPS Cell Research Network Members

Program Director, Project for Realization of Regenerative Medicine
Shin-ichi Kohsaka
Director, National Institute of Neuroscience, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry

Research Supervisor, CREST
Toshio Suda
Professor,Scool of Medicine, Keio University

Research Supervisor, PRESTO
Shin-ichi Nishikawa
DeputyDirector, Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN

Research Supervisor, Yamanaka iPS Cell Project
Shinya Yamanaka
Professor,Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) / Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University

Core Researcher, iPS Cell Research Project for Regenerative Medicine,Funding Program for the World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology(FIRST) by Cabinet Office
Shinya Yamanaka(ditto)

Program Officer, Project for Realization of Regenerative Medicine
Chihiro Akazawa
Professor, Graduate School of Health Care Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Chief, Life Science Division, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT
Yasuhiro Itakura(MEXT)


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