Completed Japan Initiative for Global Research Network on Infectious Diseases (J-GRID)


Key Fields Emerging/ Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Project Of Japan(1st)
R&D phase Basic Study, Applied Study, None
Division of Infectious Disease Research, Department of Research Promotion
TEL: +81-3-6870-2225


This program leverages relationships with overseas research centers in Asia and Africa by promoting epidemiological research on pathogens of prevalent infectious diseases and basic research on its diagnostic methods and drugs. It also encourages to cultivate specialists who have highly skills for infections diseases research training of expert of infections diseases. The most priority subjects of this program are influenza, dengue fever, antimicrobial resistant strains, and infectious diarrheal diseases. Other infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, severe childhood pneumonia, and chikungunya fever) are also subjects grounded upon domestic needs that are based on consideration of risks of the virus introduction to Japan and the severity of the diseases. This program strengthens the collaboration between universities and research institutes in Japan. It also prioritizes research theme and development of the research infrastructure in overseas research centers.


Nine Collaborative Research Centers in Asia and Africa

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Principal Investigator Affiliation Country Project Title
Yoshiharu Matsuura Osaka University Professor Kingdom of Thailand Novel Strategic Development of Osaka University and Thailand Research Collaboration on Emerging and Re-emerging Infections
Kouichi Morita Nagasaki University Professor Socialist Republic of Vietnam Researches on infectious diseases in Vietnam and their application to the improvement of diagnosis, prevention and treatment
Yasushi Kawaguchi The University of Tokyo Professor People's Republic of China China-Japan Research Collaboration on Defense against Emerging and Reemerging Infections
Hirofumi Sawa Hokkaido University Professor Republic of Zambia Developmental Strategy of the International Collaboration Research for Zoonosis Control
Shin-ichi Miyoshi Okayama University Professor India International collaborative studies on the prevention, diagnosis, and drug discovery for diarrheal infectious diseases in India
Yasuko Mori Kobe University Professor Republic of Indonesia International collaborative research center for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in Indonesia
Hitoshi Oshitani Tohoku University Professor Republic of the Philippines International Collaborating Research on Infectious Diseases in the Philippines
Shiroh Iwanaga Tokyo Medical and Dental University Professor Republic of Ghana Establishment of Network for Research and Control of Infectious Diseases based on the Research Center in West-African Subregion
Reiko Saito Niigata University Professor Republic of the Union of Myanmar Approach to respiratory infectious diseases control in Myanmar

Research Activities of Each Project

Management and Evaluation Framework

PD (Program Director)
  • Ichiro Kurane, Emeritus Member, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
PS (Program Supervisor)
  • Tadahito Kanda, former Team Leader, RIKEN
PO (Program Officer)
  • Koichiro Kudo, Hospital Director, Yurin Hospital
  • Takemasa Sakaguchi, Professor, Hiroshima University
  • Yukako Fujinaga, Professor, Kanazawa University
  • Masao Mitsuyama, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
  • Shinji Yamazaki, Professor, Osaka Prefecture University

Last updated 07/12/19