Our Global Center

The Global Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering (GCB), Faculty of Medicine was established from the advancement of Hokkaido University’s Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering (GSQ), the first of several Global Institutions for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE) the prestigious national university founded in 2014.


In the same year, 2014, the state-of-the-art Proton Beam Therapy Center (PBTC) was also launched at the University Hospital under the leadership of Prof. Hiroki Shirato. The PBT center has been designed to serve as a key research and development hub facilitating innovative collaborative studies with world-leading scientists.


The Radiation Oncology Department of the renowned Stanford University School of Medicine, headed by Prof. Quynh-Thu Le, also share this the same vision, seeking cutting-edge technology and research and thus participates in the collaboration as a core unit for research and education.


Currently, 14 researchers join the Global Center from the Hokkaido University Unit, while another 11 participate in research efforts from the Stanford Unit. Aiming to continually develop research and education in the biomedical sciences and engineering to further enhance both universities’ strength in radiation oncology and related fields, the GI-CoRE now broadens the unprecedented international collaboration through our Global Center, nurturing its growth as one of the most innovative research hubs on radiation therapy in the world.