The Biomaterials Laboratory (Ishihara Laboratory) will be closed on March 31, 2021.

 From April 1, 1998, there has been a transition in academic fields such as materials science, metallurgy, materials engineering and bioengineering for 23 years, but we are carrying out biomaterial researches consistently based on polymer material science. In particular, we have continued to research materials that are suitable for biological systems by reproducing biological structures with artificial systems, and to develop medical devices that incorporate them. I think we are providing satisfied time and place to educate many graduate and undergraduate students.

 I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the students who participated in the research, the staff who supported the education and research activities, and the many collaborators who shared the research information widely.

 Biomaterial researches are complex systems of diverse research, from polymer synthesis to its characteristic analysis, evaluation in the biological environment, and evaluation from a medical point of view. It is also essential to develop manufacturing processes and confirm medical functionality to realize medical devices. I am convinced that the fact that we were able to actually create some medical devices was a great achievement for our laboratory.

 In the final year, it was a pity that we could not do enough activities due to the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus infections. However, we believe that human wisdom will overcome this and establish science and technology that will prevent such a situation from occurring. We also hope that the scientific information provided by the laboratory will become the starting point for new research, which will lead to the creation of human-friendly and eco-friendly materials and technologies, and will contribute to the construction of an excellent future society.

March 2021, Prof. Kazuhiko ISHIHARA

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