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

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 supermolecules.

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 2016 - 31 July 2017

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 2016 - 31 July 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

56 25.07 25.02

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 20 12.14 12.14
Life Sciences 28 9.65 9.65
Physical Sciences 11 4.11 4.06
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.09 0.09

Highlight of the month

Stopping sudden collapse in a sleep disorder

© sdominick/E+/Getty

© sdominick/E+/Getty

Spontaneous collapsing by narcolepsy patients could be prevented by reducing activity in their amygdala, one of the brain’s emotion processing hubs.

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that can cause sudden episodes of muscle weakness, or cataplexy, often triggered by strong emotions. While narcolepsy is caused by the loss of nerve cells that produce orexin, a molecule that controls wakefulness, its connection to cataplexy was unclear.

A team led by researchers from Kanazawa University stimulated the ends of serotonin neurons from the dorsal raphe nucleus, the brain’s largest serotonin producer, in the amygdala of narcoleptic mice. This increased serotonin release in the amygdala, which reduced its emotion processing activities, and the mice had fewer collapses. Stimulating the same neurons in sleep-regulating brain regions had no effect on cataplexy rates.

The team previously showed that orexin nerve cells prevent cataplexy via dorsal raphe serotonin neurons and they now suggest that the amygdala is the final stage on this pathway.

Supported content

  1. PNAS 114, 3526-3535 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614552114

View the article on the Nature Index

1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 62.06% Domestic
  • 37.94% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (67 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (3.77)
  2. University of Tsukuba, Japan (3.70)
  3. Tohoku University, Japan (2.78)
  4. Kyoto University, Japan (2.67)
  5. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (2.46)
  6. Kyushu University, Japan (1.85)
  7. Doshisha University, Japan (1.48)
  8. RIKEN, Japan (1.24)
  9. Keio University, Japan (1.07)
  10. Hiroshima University (HU), Japan (1.01)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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