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 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 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
95 34.89

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 41 22.37
Life Sciences 35 8.91
Physical Sciences 19 4.37
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 1.46

Highlight of the month

Mechanism behind column-like structures in the brain uncovered

© Vaclav Hykes/EyeEm/Getty

© Vaclav Hykes/EyeEm/Getty

A study in fruit flies has found why neurons in the brain pattern themselves into column-like stacks.

The brain contains column-like structures, but it has been who these columns form in the developing brain.

Using the fly visual centre as a model for brain development more generally, a team led by Kanazawa University researchers has found that three core neurons in the larval brain form concentric rings held together by an adhesion protein called N-cadherin. As the fly matures, these flat disks of neuronal bundles fashion themselves into three-dimensional columns.

Using mathematical modelling and lab experiments with mutant flies, the researchers discovered that the differential expression of N-cadherin between neuron types leads to different adhesive properties that give rise to the columnar pattern.

The same physical processes could be behind the structural organization of neurons in the human brain as well.

Supported content

  1. Journal of Neuroscience 39, 5861–5880 (2019). doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.3107-18.2019

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 59.87% Domestic
  • 40.13% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (106 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (6.13)
  2. Nagoya University, Japan (6.07)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (5.45)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (5.02)
  5. Kyoto University, Japan (3.71)
  6. Osaka University, Japan (3.62)
  7. Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan (3.50)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (2.57)
  9. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan (1.94)
  10. Keio University, Japan (1.72)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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