Members

The URAs, driving force for research enhancement, are striving to be of great benefit in assisting our executive officers.

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Shuichi FURUYA

Senior Research Administrator, Vice-Executive Director(Research)

Main Focus:
Latest international medical treatment
Drug development fields

Master's from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo and completion of its doctoral course. Doctor of pharmacology, pharmacist.


I would like to convey my experiences at companies to people and get them interested in research along with me. I'm interested in cutting-edge medical fields, research on rare and incurable diseases, and assistance for this, and I would like to continue providing assistance to doctors who are involved in these fields. At the same time, I would also like to continue learning about research and scientific fields that have a positive impact on society from many different doctors on into the future.


Chigusa HANAOKA

Senior Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Promotion of research activities. Support of various research activities including the adjustment between Okayama University and outside organizations such as ministries and other universities.

Office: Tokyo satellite office of Okayama University


After completion of Master’s course at University of Kyoto Graduate School of Agricultural Science, I joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and engaged in a policy development for forests, the environment and woody biomass and so on. At MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), I promoted the earth and environmental research under the 2nd Science and Technology Basic Plan. I was in charge of environmental impact assessment at MOE (Ministry of Environment) and took part in for Great East Japan Earthquake reconstruction. In the meantime, I obtained Ph.D. in Engineering from Okayama University.

I would like to bridge a gap between the government policy and the university research activities and also develop the Okayama University research potentials in the area of animals and plants, biomass-related science and environmental science by supporting from a viewpoint of interdisciplinary approach.

 

 

CHENEVIER BERNARD

Senior Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Research management to contribute giving Okayama University (O-U) Research an internationally recognized and global profile.

Graduated in Physics at Grenoble University in France, Joined CNRS in 1985 and got the title "Director of Research" in 2001, Director of the LMGP (lmgp.grenoble-inp.fr), Advanced Functional Materials research unit for 7 years until 2014.


The implementation of a strategic plan including the promotion of O-U research during trips abroad and specifically to European Universities, the support to most talented O-U young researchers to visit best foreign Universities and Research Institutes, invitations of world-class researchers on chair of excellence positions to work with O-U research teams are some of the most important axis of the strategy of international development- "Thinking global, global research"


Yutaka TAKEDA

Senior Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Biological and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D from the Graduate School of Sciences, the University of Tokyo

Professor emeritus of Nagoya University


I had worked in Nagoya University for more than 10 years through many fields like support of bio-startups, capacity development for businessperson and engineers, capacity development for URA, international research collaboration, official developmental assistance, and diversification of agriculture and science communication. I would like to assist to establish the linkage between Okayama University and local government and industries by the support of industrialization of research results.

 

 

Norito SATOH

Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Latest international medical treatment
Drug development fields
Humanities and social sciences fields

Graduated from the Graduate School, Okayama Univ.; conferred a degree (in theology) by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluations; completed the Graduate School of Policy and Management, Doshisha Univ.; and the Okayama Univ. Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Doctor (of dentistry).


I would like to harness my experiences thus far to provide proactive support to doctors working in dentistry and pharmacology or the humanities and social sciences, and doctors that are thought of as combining different sectors and working in new domains through this URA that is unique to Okayama University. I would also like to take part in promoting various different types of education and research and university reforms together with everyone in aiming to make Okayama University a research university.


Emi UNEYAMA

Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Fields for innovative materials and usage techniques
Fields for international technology transfers

Graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Kwansei Gakuin University and completed the Chemistry Ph.D. Course at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Ph.D.


I would like to explore the possibility of newly deploying Okayama University's research by means of broadly drawing attention to the outstanding research and technology found at the university, as well as by cooperating with research institutes both within Japan and overseas. At the same time as this, I would also like to turn Okayama University into a venue for global education and research activities, which will lead to boosting its international visibility.

 

 

Masahito Matsumoto

Research Administrator

Main Focus:
Life science

Graduated from the Department of bioscience and biotechnology, Okayama University and completed the Engineering Ph.D. Course
at Okayama University.


I have been doing research for 6 years in NINS after getting my PhD.
This experience does help me to support researchers with consideration of their actual needs. I would like to do my best to contribute to promoting the research activities in Okayama University.


Clerical staff(3 persons)

We give our administrative support to URA’s activities so that Okayama University will become a university that serves as a driver for research activities in Japan.  We support symposia, workshops, or seminars organized by our office, and also attend outside seminars to get information or to reinforce networks with other related organizations.