Secondary school students explore research and future pathways at Takahashi Lab
On September 23, 2023, eleven students from Okayama Daianji Secondary School visited the Takahashi Lab at the Faculty of Medicine, Okayama University. This visit was part of a student-led initiative aimed at broadening their horizons and contemplating their future paths.
As we embark on this visit to the research laboratory, I hope to use this opportunity to explore various fields and discover where my true interests lie through self-analysis. Additionally, I aspire to learn about the enthusiasm for research and the mindset of wanting to make a difference in the world.
Furthermore, at our school, the majority of students are expected to pursue university education in a few years. However, students often have a limited understanding of what research laboratories entail. I perceive this as a significant issue.
Personally, I have a keen interest in medical engineering. I believe that systems physiology plays a crucial role in exploring new technologies and approaches in the field of medical engineering. Understanding the systems within living organisms and engaging in simulation and modeling could potentially contribute to the development of innovative medical devices. Moreover, the prospect of making contributions extends beyond the field of medical engineering to include biomedical research, health management, biotechnology, and a wide range of other fields, which is incredibly appealing.Student from Okayama Daianji Secondary School
After the lab visit, students from Okayama Daianji Secondary School expressed the following impressions:
“I had the opportunity to explore research in various fields, and my range of interests expanded.”
“Interacting with researchers and witnessing their dedication and determination to change the world was highly inspiring.”
“I believe the Takahashi Lab’s initiative to establish organ-on-a-chip startups for the purpose of giving back to society through research achievements is commendable.”
To realize a prosperous society through research and development
High school students visiting universities to deepen their understanding of research could serve as a starting point for addressing significant societal issues, such as the declining interest in the sciences and Japan’s decreasing research capabilities. It is hoped that such initiatives will continue to grow and contribute to the realization of a prosperous society built on research and development.
Takahashi Lab at Okayama University uses principles of physiology, cellular and molecular biology, biomecial engineering and biophysics. The purpose of the lab is to develop science and medicine by unveiling the mechanisms of diseases through collaborations with scientists, epidemiologists, and corporate alliances. The alliance includes Harvard University, Boston University, Texas A&M University, Sorbonne University, and PD Aerospace, Ltd.