These are rooms in which the temperature can be controlled, and are used for purposes such as cultivating medicinal plants and other plants, and cultivating plant cells and tissues.
Animal experiments using mice, rats, rabbits, and other research animals are performed in order to evaluate the effects and side-effects of pharmaceuticals. Genetically-modified animals are also used to analyze the mechanisms of drug effects. These kinds of animal experiments are an essential part of pharmaceutical research, however they must be conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Convention and the spirit of animal protection, and experiments are only carried out for plans which have been approved in advance.
The medicinal plant garden was established in 1974 and reorganized as a facility affiliated with the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1999. The garden of 10,610 square meters consists of a plant area, an arbor area, large and small greenhouses, a cultivation area and an administrative building. Approximately 800 species of domestic and foreign medicinal plants are cultivated and reserved, which have been used for pharmaceutical education/training. It is desired that the garden is intensively utilized as a collaborative education/research facility in the university where plants are bred, cultivated and researched.
The facility has been accepting a number of students not only from Japan but also from overseas, typically from South East Asian nations, as graduate students and research students for education/research in the graduate school, significantly contributing to international exchanges. It owns more than 45,000 samples of valuable crude drugs from all over the world including approximately 20,000 from China. It promotes research collaboration on these resources with other research institutes inside and outside the university.
The fields of research include:
1. The production and research of medicinal plants and crude drugs as resources
2. Basic research on ethno-medicine
3. Research on the biological activities of herbal medicine
4. Research on the historical development of crude drugs and resources