The following five areas are the core themes of International Academic Research at Kagawa University.

1.Comprehensive research to establish healthy society by prevention/improvement of life-style related diseases such as diabetes mellitus and obesity in Asian countries based on the accomplishment of “Team Kagawa Project”, “Rare Sugar Project” and “Tele-medicine Project” in Kagawa.(Faculty of Medicine)
There are already several functioning projects existing in Kagawa University. Firstly, “Team Kagawa”, a project aiming at overcoming diabetes mellitus and obesity in Kagawa Prefecture and has been running since 2009. Secondary, the project of “Rare Sugars”, deals with the production and functions of rare sugars. Rare sugars are monosaccharides rarely existing in nature, have been used to overcome life-style related diseases in Kagawa under academia-industry-government collaboration. Thirdly, the tele-medicine project called K-MIX (Kagawa Medical Internet eXchange), has also been developed in Kagawa to establish the information and communication technology (ICT)-based critical paths which benefits disease control of diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular diseases and so on. The proposed project is to perform various researches to adapt Team Kagawa system based on ICT and to develop functional sweetener and healthy foods using rare sugars and medicinal plants under the collaboration with Chiang Mai University and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
2.Studies of advanced mechatronics in the field of human-assist technology and biomedical engineering (Faculty of Engineering)
The faculty of engineering, Kagawa University and the Polytech Annecy-Chambery, Universite de Savoie established a cooperation agreement between the departments in 2000, and have been conducting joint research projects with the topics of advanced mechatronics, and exchanging students under the framework of the international internship program. The studies of advanced mechatronics in the field of human-assist technology and biomedical engineering will be further developed to promote the opportunity for students and academic staff by engaging in the international research and educational projects, and to contribute the outcome to the regional and internationalized society. 
3.Standardization on food safety in Asian countries, and global innovation and dissemination of new food processing technologies in local and regional agricultural and fishery products  (Faculty of Agriculture)
With deep study on functionality and safety of processed foods and their ingredients from domestic and international material, this project promotes the standardization on nutraceutical factors and food safety. Especially, to develop new technology for the value-added processed food and food ingredients with safety under the cooperation with overseas research institutions, we will study not only on the toxicity assessment of microorganisms, but also physical function such as emulsification, encapsulation, texture improvement and various physiological functions such as antibacterial, anti-allergic, and nutritional properties of food material and processed foods. We are proud of new materials, rare sugars, bearing various physiological functions. It have been developed in Kagawa University and applied them to the creation of processed foods so far by the cooperation with foreign universities and students.
4.A Message from Sanuki –
An International Research for the Formation of the Water Culture Environment Contributing to the Sustainable Development (Faculty of Education)
It is concerned about a crisis of global water resources within current 21st century due to the increasing water demand and climate change.  Our Kagawa Prefecture, Sanuki-district, has long history struggling against the shortage of water resources. Frequent droughts have forced people to improve water supply systems. It is proved that the oldest water construction of Manno-ike, one of the biggest reservoirs in ancient Japan, was built more than 1,300 years ago. Since then, the long-time efforts improving irrigation systems especially for paddy fields brought us more than 14,000 reservoirs’ beautiful landscapes. However the scarcity for fresh water supply was continuously not resolved until the construction of the Kagawa Canal in 1974. This history now can give us a strong intellectual basis for the technology of water resource management and constitution of the social and cultural capital contributing to the sustainable development of the world society under the world water crisis in this century.  This project is conducted under the “International Consortium for Earth and Development Sciences = ICEDS” and the “Project for the Establishment of the Geo-Communication Science to Build up New Water Culture and Environment.”  We are developing international research collaboration with international research institutes including the University of Freiburg, Rachel Carson Institute, International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research Bangladesh, and Indian Institute of Technology.  An international environmental education program with Eckerd College in the Teshima Island and a student exchange program with the University of South Bohemia are also ongoing.
5.Research and development of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals by utilizing bioactive substances of plants produced in South East Asia, and biomass utilization of fast-growing trees  (Faculty of Agriculture)
From around 1955, Kagawa University, in particular Faculty of Agriculture has conducted academic exchanges with universities and institutes (Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia, etc.) in Southeast Asian countries and accepted the many international students.  Taking advantage of the network, search of substances having biological activities such as an antioxidant activity from a wide variety of plants and trees (Jatropha, etc) and from afforested fast-growing trees (falcata, etc.) in the tropical and subtropical Southeast Asia is performed.  Structural analysis of the enzyme or receptor that interacts with the active substances, structure-activity relationship studies with synthetic derivatives of the active substance is carried out.  Research and development of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, such as the novel anti-cancer agents and antimicrobial agents takes place.  In addition, to achieve the high degree of utilization by the liquefaction and plasticization of the woody biomass such as bark and waste wood from the fast-growing trees.  These studies are carried out by the Center for Advanced Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, the Faculty of Agriculture in conjunction with the Faculties of Medicine and Education, a research institute of Kagawa Prefecture, and a company in Kagawa Prefecture, and its affiliate in Indonesia.

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