National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases(NRCPD)

Mission

The National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases (NRCPD) was established in 2000, and holds the distinction of being the only research-based facility of its kind among veterinary and agricultural universities in Japan. It has been mandated to encourage, promote, and establish research collaboration with experts in universities and ministries, primarily in the control of zoonotic protozoan diseases, and in research activities that would ensure the generation and supply of protein and genetic resource materials essential in the improvement of animal productivity. The NRCPD carries national stature, and as such, its mission, research agenda, and services are extended worldwide, in particular, to under-developed and less-developed countries in Asia, South America, and Africa.

During fiscal year 2002~2006, the NRCPD was selected in the forefront of the implementation of the "21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program", by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. The COE program provides continued support to the University's excellent programs benefiting professionals and experts from Asia, Africa, and South America in the areas of animal food safety and control of zoonotic diseases. More importantly, it's goal is to ensure the sustainability and safety of food production by expanding the number and distribution of experts, particularly in developing countries.