JST to fund 3 New Japanese-Swiss Research Exchange Projects

JST to fund 3 New Japanese-Swiss Research Exchange Projects

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Swiss federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) announced that they would commence support for three jointly selected projects on “Medicine for an Aging Society” within the framework of the FY2013 Strategic International Research Cooperative Program (SICP) and the Japanese-Swiss Research Cooperative Program.

There were 11 proposals in response to the joint calls conducted by JST and ETHZ, and three were selected:

  •  Brain triggered robotic hand for home-based therapy, to provide assistance to neurological patients and elderly people. To be conducted jointly by Prof. Arata (jumpei@camiku.kyushu-u.ac.jp) at Kyushu University and Prof. Gassert (gassertr@ethz.ch) at ETHZ.
  • Develop a comprehensive system assessing musculoskeletal conditions of high-risk elderly patients (sarcopenia, osteoporosis and joint dysfunction). To be conducted jointly by Prof.  Takao at Osaka University and Prof. Zheng (Guoyan.Zheng@istb.unibe.ch) from the University of Bern.
  • Establish an innovative way to prevent cancer, by preemptively detect and eliminate precancerous cells using cell competition ad  supercompetition markers. To be conducted jointly by Prof. Fujita (yasu@igm.hokudai.ac.jp) at Hokkaido University and Prof. Moreno (emoreno@izb.unibe.ch) at the University of Bern.

JST Press Release

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