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 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020 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
103 33.73

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 34 5.87
Physical Sciences 19 4.50
1 0.06
1 0.06
1 1
4 1.67
1 0.17
3 0.16
4 0.58
1 0.67
1 0.10
1 0.03
1 0.01
Chemistry 52 24.46
Earth & Environmental Sciences 16 2.44

Highlight of the month

Brain cell linked to cortical folding

© Science Photo Library/Getty

© Science Photo Library/Getty

A subtype of a neural progenitor cell involved in forming the characteristic folds of the brain’s cerebral cortex has been discovered.

These folds are thought to underlie the higher brain functions of humans and some other mammals. A better understanding of how cortical folds form could thus lead to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases linked to cognitive impairment.

Previously, a group at Kanazawa University in Japan had shown that progenitors in the subventricular zone, a region of the forebrain rich in neural stem cells, are needed for proper cortical folding in the brains of ferrets.

Now, by probing deeper into that population of cells, five researchers at Kanazawa University have shown that a particular subset of the progenitors — namely, outer radial glial cells in the subventricular zone expressing a protein called HOPH — is the key player.

Those cells have a stem-cell-like, self-renewal capacity that relies on the activity of the Hedgehog signalling pathway, a key regulator of animal development.

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  1. eLife 9, e54873 (2020). doi: 10.7554/eLife.54873

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 50.8% Domestic
  • 49.2% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (104 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Nagoya University, Japan (6.72)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (6.53)
  3. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (5.02)
  4. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.71)
  5. Osaka University, Japan (3.74)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (3.73)
  7. RIKEN, Japan (3.41)
  8. Hokkaido University, Japan (3.36)
  9. Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan (1.75)
  10. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (1.58)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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