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Osaka Regenerative Medicine Center (inside Recelling Clinic)

Director Noriyuki Kubo

Osaka Prefecture
Message to young people
Regenerative medicine, which I am researching, had never shown much chance of success. However, there is a big opportunity in everything and after many experiments I’ve finally succeeded. Therefore, you should never give up and try your best even if there is only a small chance for success.

My father ran a dental clinic near my elementary school. He was very busy and the clinic was always full of patients. I didn’t see him much at home, but I remember the respect when I used to see him in his white coat at the clinic. He died of stomach cancer when I was 9. I learned that my father had always expected me to follow in his footsteps, so I had no hesitation in going to Osaka Dental University, my father’s alma mater, to study dentistry.

After I graduated, a professor specializing in anesthesia, which is an uncommon area for a dentist to specialize in, hired me to work in the anesthesia department of the university. I studied general anesthesia first, with encouraging words from the professor, who said, “You should study it because you should be a doctor before a dentist and become responsible for saving patients’ lives.”

It helped me learn that a doctor should first understand the physical condition of a patient’s entire body before starting treatment; a lesson that is something I still treasure.

While I studied standard dental treatments, including implants, I was searching for my own specialty, particularly something that only I could do. One day, I met a professor who showed me a study on tooth regeneration using a patient’s own cells to regenerate their own tooth. I was very impressed with it and later I had a chance to see cells multiplying at a laboratory at the University of Tokyo. When I saw it for myself, I was really astonished and impressed. That began my career as a researcher for regenerative medicine.

Today, there are two types of doctors ? those who do research in labs and those who treat patients. But I think it would be best if research doctors also treat patients. I believe that would help advance regenerative medicine. I created Osaka Regenerative Medicine Center with a clear vision that I would be useful to society by using what I worked on in my research. One day in the future, we may be able to create a body part that was lost in a traffic accident, or create an organ to replace one afflicted with cancer. I want to be useful to the world with something only I can do.

Basically, what Osaka Regenerative Medicine Center does is regenerate cells. My clinic regenerates the bones (that support teeth.) On March 31, 2011, a press conference was held at the University of Tokyo and bone regeneration became available for patients six months later. Now we are entrusted by the University of Tokyo to provide bone regeneration treatment to patients and our success ratio is 100 percent. We are the only clinic in Japan that does it, and maybe the only one in the world. We also regenerate damaged skin, as well as provide treatment to prevent cancer by injecting “natural killer cells” that kill malignant cells.


Osaka Regenerative Medicine Center (inside Recelling Clinic)
Osaka Prefecture
Regenerative medicine