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RCB-AIST Program

RCB-AIST Joint Research Training and Capacity Building in Bio-imaging and Biotechnology

The Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan announced a new partnership to further capacity building initiatives in bioimaging and biotechnology. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed on March 4, 2014. The initiative will enhance career opportunities for scientists and researchers working in biomedical, clinical, and other related areas of biotechnology and complement the existing bilateral research cooperation between the Govt. of India and the Govt. of Japan.

The Memorandum of Agreement will enable RCB and AIST to jointly organize advanced research training in bio-imaging and biotechnology, including in vivo and in vitro imaging, cryo-electron microscopy crystallography and such other technologies. Key features of the agreement are: to set up a DBT–AIST International Laboratory for Advanced Bio-imaging (DAILAB) at RCB and to facilitate joint collaborations engaging Indian and Japanese scientists and to support selected Indian researchers for training in specialized areas of bio-imaging and biotechnology at AIST as well as other laboratories outside AIST in Japan.

The new collaboration provides an opportunity for both the institutions in capacity building, training and research collaborations and will benefit young scientists not only in India and Japan but also from the UNESCO member countries in the Asia-Pacific and SAARC regions. Indeed, through the current initiative, RCB, an institution engaged in broad-based multidisciplinary training, education and research is poised for broadening its horizons and will facilitate bridging science and knowledge dissemination for betterment of mankind.