Graduate School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy

The pharmaceutics graduate course major aims to develop specialists who have a high level of expertise and a comprehensive view of current and future pharmacist operations and medical care, and who will take the lead in the promotion of future pharmacists and team medical care.

Chairperson of the department (Professor / Analytical Pharmacology / Doctor of Pharmacy) Isao Matsuoka

Major Course Degree
Pharmaceutics Doctoral program Doctorate (Pharmaceutics)

Chief Instructor in charge and educational research fields

Educational research fields Chief Instructor Main research
Clinical pharmacokinetics Professor Masahiro Hayashi
(Dean of the graduate school)
Analysis of factors controlling pharmacokinetics and related pharmaceutical research
Clinical pharmaceutics Professor Kyoko Obayashi Researches factors resulting in individual differences in drug efficacy.
Pharmaceutical informatics Professor Yuko Okada Evaluates the safety of drug use during pregnancy and lactation.
Clinical pharmacokinetics Professor Takuo Ogihara Researches the foundations of clinical pharmacokinetics and its practical application.
Epigenomics Professor Makoto Tsuneoka Elucidates transcriptional regulatory mechanisms for epigenome drug discovery.
Molecular pharmaceutics Professor Katsuhide Terada Researches analysis and control of factors controlling product quality characteristics.
Biofunctional molecule transportation Professor Takeo Nakanishi Clarification of mechanism to control in-vivo behaviors of biomolecules and drugs, and its application to drug delivery systems
Molecular pharmacotherapeutics Professor Noritaka Nakamichi Elucidates the pathologic condition of psychiatric and neurological diseases and optimizes pharmacotherapy.
Hygienic chemistry Professor Kazuya Hirano Elucidates biological defense mechanisms against infectious diseases.
Clinical pathology Professor Nagaharu Fukuma Analyzes circulatory organ stress response mechanisms by various methodologies.
Drug efficacy analysis Professor Isao Matsuoka Correlates clinical pharmacological action and intracellular signal transmission systems.
Molecular pharmacochemistry Professor Tomoko Mineno Researches biologically active compounds based on organic chemistry.
Molecular pharmacochemistry Professor Noriyuki Yamagiwa Researches functional organic molecules to support drug development.
Pathophysiology Professor Makoto Yoshida
Associate Professor Shigeyoshi Honma
Researches new pharmacotherapies based on pathophysiological knowledge of the cardiovascular system.
Analyzes intracellular signal transmission mechanisms of physiologically active substances.
Cell physiological chemistry Associate Professor Jun Imai Researches specific pharmacotherapies using the antigen presentation mechanism of cancer cells.
Molecular neuroscience Associate Professor Mamoru Fukuchi Elucidates neural gene expression regulation mechanisms and their application to drug discovery.
Clinical simple analytical chemistry Lecturer Shigehiro Takahashi Fabricates biosensors using functional thin films.

Education Policy

Diploma Policy (DP)

Doctoral program

The requirements for conferring a doctorate degree are 4 or more years of study in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, guidance by a research mentor, obtaining 30 or more credits in the prescribed coursework, examination of a doctoral dissertation and passing a final examination, and attaining the following skills.

  1. The candidate acquires excellent research abilities and superior problem-solving skills that use the viewpoints of both a pharmacist in the clinical setting and a scientist.
  2. The candidate maintains a comprehensive view of pharmacist work and medical care, and acquires the appropriate educational abilities to take a leading role in the training of future pharmacists and in the promotion of team medical care, as well as the ability to grasp the overall picture.

Curriculum Policy (CP)

Doctoral program

The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences implements the following systematic curriculum in order to train pharmacists that have excellent research abilities and superior problem-solving skills from the viewpoints of both a pharmacist in the clinical setting and a scientist, and to train pharmacists as specialized professionals that have the potential to train the next generation of pharmacists.

  1. The school establishes a common curriculum to provide “clinical pharmacy training” for fostering the ability to adequately understand the needs of clinical settings, “applied research training” for learning about scientific thinking processes as well as experimental and analytical methods based on practical examples of pharmacological research methodologies and advanced medical statistics, and “pharmaceutical seminars” for imparting a variety of leading-edge pharmacological research, for cultivating the character needed to hold diverse opinions and build future generations, and for nurturing a solid grounding in related pharmacologic and medical fields.
  2. The school establishes a mastery curriculum for deepening the knowledge in specialized fields, and for learning about problems and solutions unique to given fields.
  3. The school establishes a specialized curriculum for fostering the abilities needed to conduct research for the purpose of writing a thesis, and for implementing practical solutions with scientific thinking in the identification of various needs and problems generated in response to issues.
  4. The school will design a curriculum that takes the students through the stages of common curriculum, master’s curriculum and specialized curriculum in a sequential order for the educational plan, with a systematic structure that allows the students to advance from gaining theoretical to practical and then to applied knowledge of the applicable subjects.

Self-Assessment

Self-assessment and evaluation will be performed as part of the process for attaining a pharmaceutics doctorate from the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, based on the “Recommendations for self-assessment and evaluation of research and educational status for the new program ‘Graduate 4-Year Doctoral program’” as given by the “Investigation Committee for Pharmaceutics Human Resource Development,” and the results will be announced as follows:

2017: Self-assessment and evaluation in the Graduate 4-Year Doctoral program

Self-Assessment and Evaluation Report Form (PDF 244 KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Syllabus (PDF 626 KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Outline of Educational Process (PDF 94 KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coursework Model (PDF 82 KB)

2014: Self-assessment and evaluation (intermediate) in Graduate 4-Year Doctoral program

Self-Assessment and Evaluation Report Form (PDF 197 KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Syllabus (PDF 354KB)

2012: Self-assessment and evaluation in Graduate 4-Year Doctoral program

Self-Assessment and Evaluation Report Form (PDF 197 KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Syllabus (PDF 354KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Outline of Educational Process (PDF 111KB)

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Coursework Model (PDF 61KB)

Entrance examination outline

Name Years to master Enrollment capacity Degree
Pharmaceutics 4 years 3 Doctorate (Pharmaceutics)

Admission Policy

Pharmaceutics major Doctoral program

The Department of Pharmacy at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences undertakes the education of individuals who have the characteristics of being both a pharmacist with excellent research abilities and superior problem-solving skills from the viewpoints of both a pharmacist in the clinical setting and a scientist, and a resource who can envision new medical programs as a leader in a medical team and one whom prospective pharmacists see as the future of the medical profession. Therefore, we look forward to enrolling students with the motivation and abilities needed to become a researcher in pharmaceutics, a leader of pharmacists or an advanced professional.

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