Director’s Remarks

Seiya Kato, M.D., PhD Director Since its foundation in 1939, the mission of the Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (RIT/JATA) has been to contribute to domestic and global tuberculosis control by conducting various studies in broad fields, including basic science to clinical/epidemiological studies, providing technical support for national and local governments, public health centres, and medical facilities, as well as performing activities for international cooperation and collaboration.

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In the fields of clinical medicine, epidemiology, and operational research, we analyse national surveillance data and conduct studies as follows: effective control measures for high-risk groups, molecular epidemiologic research, research in collaboration with medical institutions, and investigation of patient-centred support, among others. These studies are necessary for effective TB control under low-incidence situations.

In the field of basic science in which the ultimate goal is to develop innovative technology, we conduct morphological measurement studies to determine the ultrastructure of Mycobacterium, development and validation of new laboratory examinations, and molecular and genome analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We conduct human genomic analysis on host defence mechanisms of infection, development, and reactivation of the disease, analysis of immune-pathology with clinical and epidemiologic factors, and development of innovative anti- tuberculosis agents.

The outcomes of these studies are published in medical journals, presented in academic meetings, and disclosed on our website. Some are utilised as materials for discussion in meetings by the National Health Council, local governments, and health centres. The information is also distributed at training programmes in RIT, regional training programmes, and community trainings to contribute to progress in medical service and control programmes.

We established collaborations with national governments and research institutes in many countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the USA through international collaborative research and investigations, technical support, and exchanges of lecturers in meetings. The participants in the international training programme, which began in 1963, included more than 2300 individuals from 98 countries/areas and contributed to tuberculosis control programmes in the respective countries/areas and the world. We conducted international cooperation programmes funded by the Ministry of Health Welfare and Labour, Japan International Cooperation agency and Christmas Seal Campaign. RIT is designated as a WHO collaborating centre and functions as a supranational reference laboratory to provide technical support for surveys and studies worldwide.

As a global institute representing Japan, RIT will promote the health and peace of the people in Japan and worldwide by researching and controlling tuberculosis in collaboration with the Japanese government, local governments, public health centres, medical facilities, relevant organisations, and international organisations, particularly the WHO.

Brief History of the Institute

May. 1939 Establishment of JATA by special Decree from Her Imperial Majesty the Empress,with Princess Chichibu as Patroness.
Nov. 1939 Establishment of the Research Institute of Tuberculosis (RIT) in Higashimurayama Tokyo.
Nov. 1943 RIT moved to Kiyose Tokyo.
Nov. 1947 Establishment of RIT-Attached Sanatorium (now known as Fukujuji Hospital).
Feb. 1948 First Trainig Course for TB specialists was held.
1953 First tuberculosis prevalence survey was conducted.
Sep. 1954 First publication of “Statistics of TB”.
Apr. 1958 Separation of RIT-Attached Sanatorium (now known as Fukujuji Hospital).
Jun. 1963 First International Training Course in Tuberculosis Control for doctors from developing countries was held.
Sep. 1973 Hosting the 22nd World TB Congress in Tokyo.
Aug. 1982 Designation of RIT as WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis Research and Training.
Apr. 1988 Establishment of Department of International Cooperation.
Apr. 1992 Establishment of International Tuberculosis Information Centre.
Feb. 1995 First International Training Course on AIDS Prevention and Care in Asia was held.
Mar. 1999 Establishment of Department of Programme support.
Apr. 2003 Establishment of Department of Research, and Department of Mycobacterium Reference Centre.
Sep. 2008 Establishment of Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Research , and Department of Mycobacterium Reference and Research.
Apr. 2013 Establishment of Department of Mycobacterium Reference and Research, Department of Pathophysiology and Host Defense, and Department of Centre for International Cooperation and Global TB Information.



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3-1-24 Matsuyama, Kiyose-shi, Tokyo 204-8533 Japan