About the Sasaki Institute
“We contribute to the advancement of medicine and health care through research for patients, along with relevant research support.”
The Sasaki Foundation is the medical research organization consisting of Sasaki Institute, Kyoundo Hospital, and Shonan Medical Examination Center. The three organizations cooperate closely with each other. We are committed to promoting our people’s health. To this end we are conducting the research and development of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, among other diseases, attempting to advance medicine and human resources, and striving to promote and disseminate better medical care. The Institute carries out basic research, delivering the solutions through the experimental findings while the Hospital and the Medical Examination Center perform clinical research by taking advantage of clinical information. In case experimental results are required for the clinical research, they are given the opportunity for experiments in the Institute.
- Research on cancer and other diseases
- Therapeutic research devoted to the maintenance and improvement of patients’ quality of life
- Preventive medical research on cancer and other diseases
- Programs to train clinical investigators
We strive to move research forward from a perspective different than others, enhancing our position in the scientific community. Among the four non-profit activities, we are engaged in ’research on cancer and other diseases’ and ‘programs to train clinical investigators.’
We are doing the cancer research to substantiate ‘living with cancer.’ Cancer is a genetic disease. Given that mutations in DNA inevitably occur in our lifetime, it is quite hard to avoid developing cancer. After treatment, the regrowth of remaining cancer cells, cancer stem cells, and metastasized cancer cells all cause a big challenge. The time to cancer recurrence varies from several months to decades. One critical direction is to devise the therapeutic intervention strategies to reconcile with dormant cancer cells for escaping death from cancer by delaying the onset of cancer regrowth as long as possible. As for the diseases other than cancer, diabetes is one of the significant disorders with many unsolved problems, which will also be addressed by the experimental research.
The Sasaki Institute is dedicated to the basic medical research on diseases, mainly cancer, with five departments built on distinct research disciplines: genome, metabolome, interactome, proteome, and phenome. Each department is comprised of a principle investigator as chief, two research scientists and one research assistant.
On the operation and management of public research expenditure
The Sasaki Foundation has implemented internal regulations “Regulations for the Handling of Public Research Expenditure” in accordance with the Guidelines for Management and Audit of Public Research Funds at Research Institutions stipulated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology effective as of February 15, 2007 (revised on February 18, 2014) and strived to properly use public research expenditure. In addition, we seek to prevent fraudulent behavior in research by enforcing internal regulations “Regulations for Responding to Misconduct in Research” in accordance with the Guidelines for Responding to Misconduct in Research by the Ministry on August 26, 2013.
Conforming to these regulations, a hotline is placed in the Compliance Office of the Foundation Secretariat to receive reports of misconduct in public research expenditure use and research activities, from both internal and external sources.
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|Chief (Principal Investigator)||Hirofumi Nakaoka, Ph.D.|
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|Chief (Principal Investigator)||Hideki Yamaguchi, Ph.D.||Researchmap/Google Scholar|
|Research Scientist||Yoshiko Nagano, Ph.D.|
|Research Scientist||Makoto Miyazaki, Ph.D.||Researchmap/Google Scholar|
|Research Assistant||Yuko Nagamura|
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|Chief (Principal Investigator)||Kazuki Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D.|
|Research Scientist||Masao Nakamura, Ph.D.|
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|Chief||Takeyuki Sugiura, Ph.D.|
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|1882||June 1st||Toyo Sasaki founds Kyoundo Hospital here in Kanda Surugadai, Tokyo.|
|1886||Masakichi Sasaki (the second Director of the Hospital) takes office as the Professor of Tokyo Imperial University Medical College (the first Japanese professor).|
|1894||Masakichi Sasaki builds a laboratory on his property and starts research on tuberculosis (the precursor of the later Sasaki Institute).|
|1896||Masakichi Sasaki assumes office as Director of Kyoundo Hospital and founds a tuberculosis sanitarium in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa.|
|1903||Jan||Taking over from Masakichi and remodeling of the laboratory, Takaoki Sasaki (the third director of the Hospital) got engaged in research.|
|1913||Takaoki Sasaki takes office as Professor of Kyoto Imperial University College of Medical (Internal Medicine).|
|1915||Takaoki Sasaki assumes office as Director of Kyoundo Hospital and the Branch Hospital.|
|1923||Sep||Both the Hospital and Institute are burn down in the Great Kanto Earthquake.|
|1924||May||The institute resumes research in a temporary building.|
|ditto||Takaoki Sasaki is awarded the Imperial Prize of the Japan Academy for “Studies on Bacterial Degradation of Protein and Constituent Amino Acids, and Synthesis of Amino Acids”.|
|1929||Reconstruction of the Hospital is completed.|
|1935||Feb||Takaoki Sasaki and Tomizo Yoshida report on rat liver carcinogenesis by an azo dye in Virchow’s Archives.|
|ditto||Takaoki Sasaki takes office as Director of Cancer Institute, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research (concurrently).|
|1936||June||Takaoki Sasaki and Tomizo Yoshida receive the Imperial Prize for “Experimental Production of Liver Carcinoma by Feeding with o-Amidoazotoluene“.|
|ditto||Takaoki Sasaki is recommended as a Member of the German Academy.|
|1938||May||The full-scale construction of the Institute is completed (at Surugadai 2-2).|
|1939||Jan||The establishment of the foundation ‘Sasaki Institute’ is approved.|
|ditto||Takaoki Sasaki becomes the first President and Director.
Takaoki Sasaki is recommended as a Member of the Imperial Academy.
|1940||Nov||Takaoki Sasaki is awarded the Order of Culture.|
|1941||Dec||Takaoki Sasaki donates Kyoundo Hospital to the foundation ‘Sasaki Institute’.|
|1942||Takaoki Sasaki donates Hiratsuka Branch Hospital to the foundation ‘Sasaki Institute’|
|1950||The institute initiates the study of in-house established ascites hepatoma.|
|1951||Takaoki Sasaki is recommended as Person of Culture Merits. (the first person)|
|1953||Apr||Tomizo Yoshida is inaugurated as the second Director of the Institute.|
|Nov||Tomizo Yoshida is awarded the Imperial Prize again for “Pathological Studies on Yoshida Sarcoma”.|
|1954||Sep||The Institute becomes a designated laboratory of the Japan Scholarship Foundation Law.|
|1959||Nov||Tomizo Yoshida receives the Order of Culture.|
|1966||Oct||The 9th International Cancer Congress is held in Tokyo, with Takaoki Sasaki as the honorary President and Tomizo Yoshida (Director of the Institute of that time) as the President.
Hirooki Sasaki becomes the second President of the Foundation.
|1968||Jan||The institute made an extension to the existing building.|
|1974||Apr||Hirooki Sasaki becomes the third Director of the institute.|
|1988||The new hospital building is completed.|
|1990||June||The chronicle ‘50 Year History of the Sasaki Institute’ is issued.|
|Sep||The Institute building is completed. New research begins with three divisions (Departments of Pathology, Biochemistry and Cytogenetics) established.|
|ditto||Motomichi Sasaki becomes the fourth Director.|
|1993||Shonan Medical Center opens.|
|1995||Oct||Yoshiaki Hashimoto is inaugurated as the fifth Director.|
|1997||Sep||Yoshiaki Hashimoto wins the Tomizo Yoshida Prize.|
|2001||Apr||Yuji Kurokawa becomes the third President of the Foundation and also the sixth Director of the Institute, adopting the official name of the Sasaki Institute (affiliated to the Sasaki Foundation).|
|Oct||Akihiko Maekawa is inaugurated as the seventh Director of the Institute.|
|2006||Apr||Yuji Kurokawa is appointed the eighth Director of the Institute (concurrent President of the Foundation).|
|ditto||Six research departments specialized for clinical research are implemented with respective chiefs and senior researchers appointed (all concurrently working at the Kyoundo Hospital or Shonan Medical Examination Center).|
|2010||Apr||Takao Sekiya assumes the director position (ninth), newly establishing the Department of Cancer Genetics as the seventh division.|
|2012||Apr||The Sasaki Foundation is authorized as a public interest incorporated foundation by the Cabinet Office.|
|2014||A call for donations for cancer research is launched.|
|2015||Dec||Animal research facilities are reconstructed.|
|2017||Apr||The institute is reorganized from 7 clinical research divisions to 5 basic research divisions, with Departments of Cancer Genome Research, Molecular Metabolic Regulation Research and Cancer Cell Research established.|
|2018||Aug||The Department of Peptidomics is established.|