Medical Mycology Research Center (MMRC)
E-mail:inohana-koho [at] chiba-u.jp
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The Medical Mycology Research Center (MMRC) is the only research institution in which comprehensive studies on fungal infection and pathogenic fungi are conducted in Japan. The MMRC was established in 1987 as a nation-wide collaborative organization in Japan, and authorized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a Joint Usage/ Research Center in 2010. The ultimate goal of the MMRC is to overcome refractory infectious diseases including mycosis by seeking diagnostics therapeutic and preventive measures through investigation of the pathogenesis of the diseases and the host defense mechanisms. In light of the importance of microbial genetic resources, the unit for collection of pathogenic fungi and actinomycetes has been established to reinforce the project to preserve microbial resources. The MMRC was designated by the MEXT as the core organization of "National BioResource Project (NBRP)-Pathogenic eukaryotic microorganisms" and has established a firm position as the facility to preserve genetic resources of pathogenic fungi and actinomycetes.