Hokkaido University originates from Sapporo Agricultural College which was established in 1876 as Japan’s first modern institution of higher education to grant bachelor’s degrees. It is one of Japan’s top national universities and has 12 undergraduate and 21 graduate schools covering a wide range of disciplines. Boasting one of the biggest campuses in Japan, the university houses cutting-edge research facilities, a university hospital, and one of the world’s largest research forests.
In 2014, the university adopted the “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI)” — a reform program which aims to further internationalize the university as a whole to foster more world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues. These leaders will be able to address contemporary issues, represent the frontier spirit as they forge new ways ahead, and contribute to the development of human welfare and society. The initiative will be in effect until 2024, approaching the university’s 150th anniversary in 2016.
As part of the efforts, the university has established the “Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE)” which brings together world-class researchers from around the world and within the University to promote international collaborative research and education. It consists of six Global Stations covering Soft Matter (GSS), Quantum Medical Science and Engineering (GSQ), Zoonosis Control (GSZ), Food, Land and Water Resources (GSF), Big Data and Cybersecurity (GSB) and Arctic Research (GSA). The university also offers a number of degree programs in English for international students.
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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 June 2017 - 31 May 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.
Outputs by subject (FC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||42||14.97|
Highlight of the month
Cockroaches spatially map smells
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The human brain can encode the spatial locations of things we see and touch, but the cockroach brain seems to also map smells.
By studying how the brains and antennae of male American cockroaches respond to plumes of female-produced sex pheromones, a Hokkaido University–led team has shown — for the first time in any animal — that olfactory areas in the cockroach brain can build a three-dimensional spatial representation of smells in its surroundings.
The researchers used microelectrodes to map the architecture of this neural circuit, showing how sensory neurons in the antennae relay signals through pheromone-responsive projection neurons to the centre for olfactory learning in the insect brain.
This aroma atlas presumably evolved to help the nocturnal critters sniff out mates in darkness with a high degree of precision — something to consider next time you hear a cockroach skitter across your bedroom floor in the dead of night.
- Current Biology 28, 600–608.e3 (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.12.055
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International vs. domestic collaboration by FC
- 54.79% Domestic
- 45.21% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (148 total)
- Hokkaido University, Japan
- Domestic institution
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Nagoya University, Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Osaka University, Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by FC (412 total)
- Hokkaido University, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA)
Max Planck Society, Germany
Zhejiang University (ZJU), China
University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Tsinghua University, China
Southeast University (SEU), China
The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Avian Phylogenomics Project, China
- Drosophila 12 Genomes Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- Enzo Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- Expedition 302 Scientists, Sweden
- International HapMap Project, Japan
- Multiproxy Approach for the Reconstruction of the Glacial Ocean Surface (MARGO), Germany
- Optical and Infrared Synergetic Telescopes for Education and Research (OISTER), Japan
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