Introduction to the USM-RIKEN Centre for Ageing Science

USM-RIKEN Centre for Ageing Science (URICAS) was established as a collaborative program by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and RIKEN, Japan to undertake research on ageing and illnesses associated with the process of ageing. A memorandum of understanding was signed between USM and RIKEN on 20th February 2015, setting out the development of URICAS.

Ageing is a natural process concerning physiological, cellular as well as social changes of an organism over a period of time. URICAS promotes advanced research on ageing to understand its basics as well as its biological and social consequences.

On 20th February 2015, an MoU was signed between USM and RIKEN at RIKEN’s Wako Campus to establish the USM-RIKEN International Centre for Ageing Science (URICAS). USM was represented by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman and RIKEN by the then President, Prof. Dr. Ryoji Noyori. This event crowned almost two decades of relationship in collaborative research between RIKEN and USM. As mentioned by Prof Noyori, it is hoped that this particular relationship between USM and RIKEN would be the starting point towards looking for the solution to end the problem of ageing, faced by mankind throughout.

This research programme on ageing science would also provide the space and opportunity to young researchers from both countries to be involved in doing intensive research in this area. Dato’ Prof. Omar Osman, USM Vice-Chancellor, believed that the setting up of URICAS would also provide the benefit to researchers as well as mankind, for this research collaboration is aimed at the global community.

This collaborative programme will develop and provide the platform and opportunity to young researchers from both countries to be intensively involved in this area. As such, one of the main objectives of the formation of URICAS is on the training of bright young researchers to give them the opportunity to delve into one of the biggest problem facing all nations in this modern world.