Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC)

Uniqueness and Objectives The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology selected the Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) as part of the World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Program, which aims to create world-leading visible research centers, and IFReC was established on October 1, 2007 with Shizuo Akira, a leading immunology researcher at its head. From April 2017, the center has entered a new era as an Osaka University International Advanced Research Institute Center and with contracts concluded with two pharmaceutical companies to move forward to enhance basic research in immunology as well as accelerate the return of cutting-edge research outcomes to society.

The human immune system protects us from various pathogens such as microorganisms. In particular, vaccines against virus infection have protected humanity from disease. In recent times, it is recognized that greater understanding and control of the immune system are key to elucidating and treating various diseases such as autoimmune disorders, allergy, cancer and lifestyle diseases.

Japanese researchers are driving modern immunological research. Great advances have been made by Osaka University researchers such as Yuichi Yamamura (former Osaka University president) and Tadamitsu Kishimoto (current PI). Such an illustrious foundation is the basis for IFReC and the pioneering immunology researchers gathered here working toward dynamic development in immunology research through the cultivation of new fields. Interdisciplinary researches between immunology, imaging technologies and bioinformatics enable the visualization of immune reactions in living organisms (in vivo) and provide a basis for clarifying the dynamics of the immune system as a whole using robust predictive models.

IFReC’s world top class research outcomes are produced in cutting-edge facilities and an incomparable international environment. IFReC attracts much international interest as a hub of brain circulation due to papers published in world renowned journals and award of several illustrious international prizes.


Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC)

Yamadaoka 3-1
565-0871 Osaka
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