The Center for Biomedical Engineering at Kyoto University is the largest research center on materials for biomedical uses in Japan. Of the eight faculty members who are professors, there are two in polymer science, two in biomechanics, three in surgery/dentistry, and one in engineering. One associate professor and one assistant professor work with Professor Y. Ikeda, who is the former head of the center. There are forty graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers at the center. Funding, which is funneled through the university, comes from the Ministry of Education and various industries. The center is capable of carrying out basic materials research, processing, in vitro and in vivo testing (with 100 dogs), and human clinical testing at the university hospital. The center can carry out vertical research through testing in a manner few institutes in the world can match.