Gunma University; Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Interprofessional Education
Dr. Hideomi Watanabe obtained his PhD (1988) in cellular oncology and went on to do a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Michigan Cancer Foundation, engaging in the basic research in cancer metastasis. In 1990, he joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Gunma University and has purified a metastasis-related motility factor. He also engaged in the medical practice as an orthopedic surgeon. In 2005, he joined the School of Health Sciences, having implemented unique interprofessional education (IPE) since 1999. The Japan Interprofessional Working and Education Network (JIPWEN) was established in 2008 comprising ten universities, delivering unique IPE. He is the coordinator of JIPWEN. His current research works focus on the effects of IPE on the attitudinal changes of the learners and have been published in the English scientific journals. One of his notable works is the Advanced Initiatives in Interprofessional Education in Japan (Watanabe & Koizumi, 2010). He is Director of Centre for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education of Gunma University, which implements activities of WHO Collaborating Centre, JPN-89. Dr. Watanabe is currently the Vice Dean, Gunma University Graduate School of Health Sciences and the Director of Gunma University Centre for Research and Training on Interprofessional Education (Head, WHO Collaborating Centre, JPN-89).