Bacteria and virus assessment

Theme 5 Development of methods to diagnose, prevent, and treat prostate cancer caused by viral or bacterial infections
  Prostate cancer is predicted to become the second most common cancer in males in 2020, and it will increase particularly as society ages. Thus, developing methods of diagnosis, preventing, and treating prostate cancer is a pressing challenge in the aging society. In recent years, links between the occurrence of cancer and bacteria and viruses, stomach cancer and Helicobacter pylori, liver cancer and the hepatitis virus for example, have been clarified, and it is even assumed to be highly likely that bacteria or viruses contribute to prostate cancer. This study will define the bacteria and viruses that are linked to the occurrence of prostate cancer, develop new risk factor evaluation methods for prostate cancer, and also establish vaccine based prostate cancer prevention and treatment methods.

Theme 6 Development and productization of a quick diagnosing method for mycoplasma pneumonia
  In recent years, mycoplasma pneumonia has been increasing, with healthy people easily contracting the disease, prolonged violent coughing causing many secondary infections, and in some cases, grave symptoms. Measuring the immune response inside people’s bodies is now used to detect it, but it is often impossible to make an accurate judgment, and detection by isolation culturing of mycoplasma from patients is time-consuming, so it is not suitable for early diagnosis. This study will develop a method of quickly and easily detecting mycoplasma by using immunochromatography taking advantage of the antigen-antibody reaction. And research to develop a mycoplasma pneumonia vaccine and a search for a new antibacterial effective against resistance bacteria are being conducted vigorously.


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