Message In the Next Generation of Life Sciences Continuing to be a Leader Kiyotaka Fujii Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Kitasato Institute The Kitasato Institute, Japan’s first private medical research facility, was established in 1914. Together with the scientific discovery of life phenomena, the Institute takes as its mission the cultivation of preeminent researchers, educators, and other professionals in the Life Sciences and related fields and continues to play an active role in education, research, and medicine. Underlying all this is the indomitable spirit of the Institute’s founder, Shibasaburo Kitasato, who devoted his life to preventive medicine and was a groundbreaker in the study of Life Sciences, never wavering in his efforts to apply medicine in a practical way to benefit society. As a pioneer in the field, and taking into consideration following generations when Life Sciences and medicine will be ever more important, the Institute strives to take scientific research to higher levels, to train and educate personnel, and to make a contribution to society. In 2012 Kitasato University will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and in 2014 the Kitasato Institute will celebrate its 100th. At this important juncture, we have taken measures to strengthen our interdisciplinary and comprehensive educational and research efforts and redoubled our efforts to improve the quality of living for all. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Kitasato Institute Kiyotaka Fujii Moving Life Science into the Future through the Training of Specialists Hirosuke Kobayashi President, Kitasato University Kitasato University was founded in 1962 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Kitasato Institute. Since then, for half a century, the University has striven to advance the study of life phenomena, medicine, health, and welfare. It has aimed to advance the discovery and utilization of biological resources and the promotion of environmental conservation. Toward this end, it has focused on education and research, and has now evolved into one of Japans leading universities in the study of Life Sciences. The University is based on the philosophy of its founder, Shibasaburo Kitasato: namely, possessing a pioneering spirit, appreciation and consideration with gratitude in dealing with others, wisdom and practical skills, and the spirit of unwavering persistence. In addition to a School of Pharmacy, a School of Medicine, a School of Nursing, a School of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medical Sciences, there are also a School of Veterinary Medicine, a School of Biosciences, and a School of Science. Furthermore, there are seven graduate schools, two research institutes, and four hospitals, producing an educational environment of unrivaled scope. Utilizing its diversity and comprehensive approach, the University covers all the Life Sciences and conducts practical research in a flexible approach to problem solving that spans every academic field. In particular, it places emphasis on the four important fields of Interprofessional Health Care Program, Research and Education for Infection Control, Research and Education in Agromedicine, and Clinical Education and Research through Inter-hospital Collaboration, as well as pursuing research in the collaboration between medicine and engineering and the utilization of intellectual properties, thus answering the special needs of our times. In 2014 a new Kitasato University Hospital was established on the Sagamihara campus, providing overall state-of-the-art medical care and cutting-edge regional medical care. At the same time, a new building for the School of Veterinary Medicine was completed on the Towada campus. With the continued strengthening of both education and research, and the ongoing enhancement of supporting facilities, the future of the University looks bright.