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Japan Advanced Molecular Imaging Program

NIRS was selected as the "Research Base for PET Diagnosis" in the Molecular Imaging Research Program supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2005. At the same time, RIKEN was selected as the "Research Base for Exploring New Drugs". NIRS established synthesis technology for ultra-high specific radioactivity, for the development of molecular probes with medium half-life radionuclides, and for the development and assessment of biomarkers for dementia or cancer imaging.

In 2010 the MEXT has launched its second program, the "J-AMP; Japan Advanced Molecular Imaging Program", using the center that had been established and equipped in the course of the first program. This is because the results of the first program should be quickly followed by experimental verification based on clinical studies and practical application. In the second program, research is undertaken focusing on the cancer and dementia fields to contribute to an improvement in the level of the nation's medical services. In particular, NIRS studies hypoxia-related recalcitrant cancer and neurodegenerative dementia.

"Molecular Imaging Program" [First Program]
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