Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
한국과학기술원

South Korea

KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. In the wake of its 50th anniversary, KAIST is scaling up new research initiatives in order to become a ‘first mover.’ This is in line with its plan to pivot away from its previous role as a ‘fast follower,’ a role that led to Korea’s rapid industrialization.

Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST was tasked with the very clear institutional mission to make innovations that would drive the country’s economic growth engine, especially in the fields of ICT and electronics. KAIST has fully achieved its institutional mission, creating a very successful educational model that is now being benchmarked by many other countries.

Turning 50 years old in 2021, its R&D strategy has shifted to focus on creating global value for the future. Among others, the Global Singularity Research Project aims to identify the most critical projects which will make the biggest difference in people’s lives.

This innovative research project selects the two most creative and future-oriented research projects every year. Young researchers’ projects on new materials, neuro-rehabilitation, and brain function redesign selected as this research program will surely bring breakthroughs which will serve as game changers for the future.

For more information on KAIST research, visit https://www.kaist.ac.kr/en/html/research/04.html

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1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 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.

Count Share
407 191.83

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 166 87.91
Physical Sciences 235 111.72
Life Sciences 79 27.89
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 2.55

Highlight of the month

How disease disrupts sleep

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© tdub303/E+/Getty Images

Conditions such as obesity, ageing and some neurodegenerative disorders can disrupt our sleep patterns by causing ‘traffic jams’ in a cell’s cytoplasm.

Our circadian rhythm controls when we fall asleep and wake up by generating 24-hour fluctuation in levels of a pacemaker protein called PERIOD (PER). Molecular disruptions related to PER can disrupt sleep patterns, although exactly how this occurs was unclear.

Now, a team led by researchers at KAIST in South Korea has uncovered the mechanism by which PER accumulation affects circadian rhythm.

By using a mathematical model and experiments, they found that sleep–wake cycles are lengthened when trafficking of PER is disrupted by an increase in congestion of cytoplasm—an effect that occurs in several neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases.

This finding provides insight into how disease and ageing may affect our sleep patterns.

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  1. PNAS 45, 28402–28411 (2020). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2003524117

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 57.75% Domestic
  • 42.25% International

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

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

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