Kanazawa University (KU)


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research and Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI)

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supramolecules. As one of the outcomes, Kanazawa University established Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) which was selected as a World Premier International (WPI) research center by the Japanese government in 2017. NanoLSI challenges to understand nanoscale mechanisms of life phenomena by exploring “uncharted nano-realms.”

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

76 32.40

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 29 7.71
Chemistry 33 19.60
Physical Sciences 16 6.07
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 1.10

Highlight of the month

Scanning cell surfaces using ion currents and fluorescence

© MedicalRF.com/Getty

© MedicalRF.com/Getty

Scientists have distinguished the features of nanosized hair-like cellular protrusions by combining fluorescence imaging with a microscopic technique that scans cell surfaces. 

Yasufumi Takahashi of Kanazawa University, and colleagues in Japan, used scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM) to take a closer look at cell cilia — non-motile, nanosized cellular antennae that sense biological and mechanical signals outside the cell. 

By combining SICM with fluorescence imaging, they were able to distinguish between cilia that protrude beyond the cell’s surface and those that are enclosed within. They were also able to see the nanoscale structure of the pocket from which cilia protrude; something other microscopes haven’t been very good at. Finally, the team determined the optimal setting that controls how closely the microscope’s pipette scans the cell’s surface to obtain the most accurate images of the cilia.

Their approach could improve understanding of cilia functions and add to the techniques used for investigating cell topography.

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  1. Analytical Chemistry 90, 2891–2895 (2018). doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b05112

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 62.42% Domestic
  • 37.58% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (121 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (5.42)
  2. Nagoya University, Japan (5.12)
  3. Osaka University, Japan (4.25)
  4. Kyoto University, Japan (3.70)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (2.86)
  6. University of Tsukuba, Japan (2.65)
  7. Tohoku University, Japan (2.53)
  8. Kyushu University, Japan (2.25)
  9. Doshisha University, Japan (1.85)
  10. Okayama University, Japan (1.83)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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