Pandemic rising of prevalence of diabetes is a serious issue in the world
Pandemic rising of prevalence of diabetes is a serious issue in the world. Especially Tokushima prefecture is notorious about the worst diabetes mortality in Japan since 1993. Improvement of mortality in diabetic patients is the most important challenge for Tokushima prefecture. Therefore, Diabetes Therapeutics and Research Center (DTRC) has been established as the regional and strategic research institute for diabetes in Tokushima University since 2010. The purposes of DTRC are (1) to improve clinical diabetes practice in the Tokushima University Hospital as the leading regional hospital in clinical network of Tokushima prefecture, (2) to establish the global network with other departments and other institutions to develop innovative diabetic research, (3) to apply excellent basic research into clinical practice as the translational research, (4) to manage the intellectual property among researchers in Tokushima University, industries and the government of Tokushima prefecture, and (5) to educate talented medical staffs who can promote innovative diabetic medicine in the clinical practice.