Encourage and animate healthcare providers of Fukushima through enhancement of their clinical research literacy so as to bring the healthy life expectancy of Fukushima population to the highest level in Japan.


  1. Increase the percentage of healthcare providers having clinical research literacy to more than 50% in Fukushima.
  2. Transform Fukushima Medical School to one of the top medical schools in Japan in terms of the quality and number of clinical research outcomes (papers published in international medical journals).
  3. Nurture good clinical researchers who would eventually become future leaders of Japan.

Strategies to Achieve the Goals:

The Innovation Center will achieve the above stated goals through following 3 innovations.

  1. Starting “Clinical Research Fellowship”. Completely new in Japan, this program seeks to nurture human resource in the field of clinical research.
  2. Offering systematic academic programs and multilayered mentoring to healthcare providers of Fukushima studying at the Innovation Center.
  3. Developing clinical database which will support healthcare providers of Fukushima at Innovation Center in their clinical research.

CIRC²LE will carry out:

  1. Development of human resource in clinical research.
  2. Development of database that support clinical research.
  3. Change or affect healthcare or policies with the outcomes of clinical research.

The ultimate goal of these 3 innovations is to improve the healthy life expectancy of the people of Fukushima to the highest level in Japan.

Strategies to Achieve the Goals


  1. Human Resource Development: The Innovation Center functions as the core institution in development of clinical research human resource who support future generation.
  2. Execution of Projects: The Innovation Center organizes and executes projects to offer on-the-job trainings and also to enhance the healthy life longevity of Fukushima.
  3. Database Development and Management: The Innovation Center organizes clinical data from healthcare facilities in Fukushima into database which will make the healthy life longevity projects feasible.

Organization of CIRC²LE

  1. Director: Dr. Shunichi Fukuhara (Vice President of Fukushima Medical School, Professor of Kyoto University).
  2. Departments: Departments of Education, Research, Database, and Visiting Professors.
  3. Fellows: Fellows are young doctors and healthcare professionals (employed as full time assistant or research associate).

History of CIRC²LE

    • March 22, 2013
    • The Board of Directors of Fukushima Medical School approves the foundation of the Center as an organization directly supervised by the Director General.
      (Director of the Center is Dr. Shunichi Fukuhara, Vice President of Fukushima Medical School) (Change in the rules of organization is approved at the board meeting)
    • April 1, 2013
    • “Research Design Studies”, a basic common course of graduate school (all semesters) is offered. Speaker:Dr. Fukuhara, Director of the Center)
    • July 3, 2013
    • Budget for “Clinical Research Fellowship” is approved by Fukushima at the prefectural assembly in June (The date of approval is July 3rd)
    • July 26 – 28, 2013
    • Organizes and hosts Aizu School, Nisshin-kan “Clinical Research Design Juku” (at Tsuchiyu hotspring, Fukushima). About 60 doctors from outside Fukushima participate.
    • September, 2013
    • 6 doctors are unofficially selected as the fellows of “CIRC²LE Fellowship”
    • November 1, 2013
    • The first Clinical Research Fellow arrives to take up new post.
    • February 16, 2014
    • The first meeting of Fukushima local project (at the University of Tokyo) is held, attended by Director of the Center, faculty members, and Clinical Research Fellows.
    • April 1, 2014
    • 2 full time faculties arrive to take up new post (Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Associate professor, Dr. Noriaki Kurita, Lecturer).
    • June 25, 2014
    • The Board of Directors approves the foundation of “Shirakawa STAR (Satellite for Teaching And Research)” as a donated course directly supervised by CIRC²LE.
    • July 11 to 13, 2014
    • Organizes and hosts the second Aizu School, Nisshin-kan “Clinical Research Design Juku” (at Tsuchiyu hotspring, Fukushima). 53 doctors from outside Fukushima participate.
    • July 22, 2014
    • Graduate School Developed Field Course “Research Question Round” (all semesters) is offered (Lecturers are Associate Professor Hasegawa and Lecturer Kurita).
    • August 27, 2014
    • Holds a joint press conference with Sukagawa city and Iwase General Hospital to announce the launch of Healthy Life longevity Project and the overall activities of Clinical Research Fellows.
    • September 1, 2014
    • 5 Clinical Research Fellows start their full activities at Fukushima.
    • April 1, 2015
    • Fukushima Medical University offers “Shirakawa STAR”, a donated course.
    • May 8, 2015
    • World Health Summit Fukushima Satellite Symposium is held.
    • July 31 to August 2, 2015
    • Organizes and hosts the third Aizu School, Nisshin-kan “Clinical Research Design Juku” (at Tsuchiyu hotspring, Fukushima). 48 doctors from outside Fukushima participate.
    • September, 2015
    • 3 Clinical Research Fellows start their full activities at Fukushima. Total number of Clinical Research Fellows increase to 8.
    • April, 2016
    • Dr. Noriaki Kurita is promoted to Associate Professor, Dr. Noriyuki Yajima to Lecturer (Fukushima Medical University Hospital, DiRECT (Department of Innovative Research & Education for Clinicians & Trainees)).
      Joint symposium on dementia is held at Sukagawa city.