The Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD) was established in 1934
to study microbial and infectious diseases, the immune system, and cancer.
The RIMD of today is the result of the hard work and amazing achievements of many researchers over the years.
Professor of Bacteriology at the Osaka Medical school. He played a huge role in the foundation of RIMD as he emphasized the need for a research institute in the KANSAI area that focused on microbial or infectious diseases.
A successful businessman in the KANSAI area. He gave back to the community by offering his property for public benefit services and temples. He donated 200,000 yen to establish RIMD.
Research Institute for Microbial Diseases opened
RIMD was founded through a merger of the Research Center for Communicable Diseases (Osaka Medical School), the Takeo Tuberculosis Institute (donated by Mr. Jiemon Takeo), and the Osaka Leprosy Institute (donated by an anonymous benefactor).
Discovered cell fusion
Developed a measles vaccine
RIMD buildings in 1967.
RIMD moved to the Suita Campus
Discovered a viral oncogene
Developed a chickenpox vaccine
RIMD Hospital was merged with Osaka University Hospital
Elucidation of the Innate Immune System
Developed GFP mice (Green mice)
Selected for funding by the 21st Century COE programs on the theme of “Combined program on microbiology and immunology”
Three centers for specialized research on infectious disease and genome information launched
The Research Collaboration Center on Emerging and Re-emerging Infections in Thailand was founded
Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) was founded
Selected for funding by the Global COE programs on the theme of “Frontier Biomedical Science Underlying Organelle Network Biology”
Developed a malaria vaccine
Certified as a “Joint Usage/Research Center” by the MEXT
BIKEN Innovative Vaccine Research Alliance Laboratories was launched