Division of Research Programs International Collaborative Research Program: The Interstellar Initiative


Key Fields Other programs(1st)
program year 04/01/18-
R&D phase Basic Study
Office of International Collaboration, Division of International Strategy, Department of International Strategy, AMED
TEL: +81-3-6870-2216
E-mail: interstellar“AT”amed.go.jp (Replace “AT” with “@”)


The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) ― recognizes the world’s most promising Early Career Investigators and connects them with peers, in related but distinct disciplines, providing a platform for them to develop a solution to a major research question. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and thereby catalyze discovery.
For details, refer link below.

List of Awardees in FY2018

Name Affiliation/Institution
Kazuhiro Murakami Kanazawa University
Taisuke Kondo Keio University School of Medicine
Masaharu Somiya Osaka University
Eiji Kobayashi University of Toyama
Yasuo Ouchi Chiba University
Yusuke Suenaga Chiba Cancer Center Research Institute
Tom Mitchell University of Cambridge
Mike Pacold New York University Langone Medical Center
Edmond Young University of Toronto
Martin Miller University of Cambridge
Han Wei Hou Nanyang Technological University
Hongliang Ren National University of Singapore
Pingzhao Hu University of Manitoba
Anna Junker European Institute for Molecular Imaging
Jamie Blundell University of Cambridge
Siew-Kee Low Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research
Samuel Ken-En Gan Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Anqi Ma Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Atsushi Kasai Osaka University
Masayuki Sakamoto The University of Tokyo
Takashi Tagami Nippon Medical School
Hiromu Monai Ochanomizu University
Eric Oermann Mount Sinai Health System
Wei Gao California Institute of Technology
Daniel Messerschmidt Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
David Gutman Emory university
Friedemann Reinhard TU Munich
Marietta Zille Fraunhofer Research Institution
Susanne Koch Ludwig Maximilians Universitat
Zilu Liang The University of Tokyo

Management and Evaluation Framework

PS(Program Supervisor)
Toshio Suda, M.D., Ph.D., Director and Professor, International Research Center for Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University/Professor, Cancer Science Institute, National University of Singapore
PO(Program Officer)
Ikue Mori, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Nagoya University


Funding Opportunities

Last updated 12/14/20