Established in April, 1997, Center for AIDS Research (CAIDS) started out with 3 divisions: Division of Viral Regulation, Division of Pathological Control and Division of Pandemic Prevention (by visiting professor). In 2002, Division of Prevention Development was additionally established.
In April, 2010, CAIDS was reorganized to hold 6 main laboratories, Takiguchi Project Laboratory, Matsushita Project Laboratory, Okada Project Laboratory, Suzu Project Laboratory, Ueno Project Laboratory, Yoshimura Project Laboratory, as well as Mitsuya Project Laboratory as the concurrent laboratory and Oka/Gatanaga Project Laboratory as liaison laboratory. Since then, Ariumi Project Laboratory was established in April 2011, Associate Professor Kazuhisa Yoshimura, of Yoshimura Project Laboratory moved to NIID in April 2012, and Satou Project Laboratory was established in February 2013. Now CAIDS consists of 9 laboratories conduct research focusing on the physiological and immunological analysis and therapeutic developments.
All the faculty members belong to Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and contribute to the education in the Graduate School by mentoring the graduate students in both the PhD and Master courses. Especially, the two AIDS programs in the PhD course, “Training and Educational Program for Eradication of AIDS” and “AIDS Research Expert Training Program”, were founded in order to train and educate the next generation of global leaders in AIDS medicine.
CAIDS formed an internal Faculty Steering Committee with representatives from each department of Kumamoto University, and an External Scientific Advisory Board comprised of distinguished researchers. They provide input on our mission and give feedback on a variety of issues regarding the research activities. Accordingly, CAIDS has been pursuing to be the Japan’s leading HIV research institute.
In order to play important roles as the core research institute, international and domestic collaborations are essential. Within Japan, CAIDS has been collaborating with research institutes, such as National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), and Kyoto University. Through the collaboration with NCGM, we have Dr. Shinichi Oka, the Director of AIDS Clinical Center (ACC) and Dr. Hiroyuki Gatanaga, head of the Section of Treatment Development, as visiting professors, and together many achievements have been made. As for the international collaboration, we partners with University of Oxford and National Institutes of Health as Overseas Liaison Laboratories to provide international research collaboration and training opportunities for young scientists to prepare for a future leadership role.
All the faculty members are on 5-year fixed-term system (can be reappointed), and associate and assistant professors are tenure-track positions.