Kyushu University


As one of Japan’s leading institutes of higher education, Kyushu University is committed to being a research and educational hub that drives innovation through knowledge creation at its 12 undergraduate and 18 graduate schools, hospital, and world-class research centers covering the natural sciences, medicine, engineering, humanities, social sciences, arts, and design.

Home to around 19,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff, Kyushu University is making advances in medicine, sustainable energy technologies, materials, and more from its highly accessible location on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu in Fukuoka City, a coastal metropolis frequently ranked among the world’s most livable cities and historically known as a gateway to Asia.

In 2018, the university completed the relocation of major facilities to Ito Campus, the largest single campus in Japan. The new main campus has an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment and buildings in a rich natural environment that can be easily reached from the heart of Fukuoka City by public transportation.

Kyushu University has been bolstering efforts to enhance STEAM education that integrates the humanities and sciences to produce future global leaders, as exemplified by the opening of the School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation in 2018. The school aims to cultivate a global mindset in students by having them develop their own problem-solving curriculum, engage in hands-on collaborative learning, and participate in study abroad programs.

To achieve its goal of excellence in education and research to address future challenges today, Kyushu University has enacted a comprehensive, sustainable development campaign for securing and training the next generation of researchers who will bring about innovation. Known as the Kyushu University Renaissance Project, the program enables a number of promising early-career, female, and international researchers to pursue their academic career path with peace of mind.

The university is also actively engaging in promoting and creating university-initiated startups based on academic research, such as by providing grants for researchers who have an employment relationship with Kyushu University and are interested in starting a company.

Welcoming its 110th anniversary this year, Kyushu University aims to continue strengthening efforts to fulfill its role as a research and educational hub that drives innovation through knowledge creation.

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kyushu University published between 1 December 2019 - 30 November 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
345 115.98

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 21 5.51
Chemistry 135 64.17
Physical Sciences 135 30.92
Life Sciences 80 21.48

Highlight of the month

Astrocytes play role in pain hypersensitivity

© JUAN GAERTNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

© JUAN GAERTNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

A certain type of astrocyte in the spinal cord can make mice hypersensitive to pain when activated by descending neurons. These astrocytes could thus provide a new target for controlling chronic pain.

Named after their star-like appearance, astrocytes are the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system. They are specialized immune cells that support and nourish neurons. But researchers’ knowledge of the functions of distinct types of astrocytes is still limited.

Now, a team led by researchers from Kyushu University in Japan has found that when activated by descending neurons a previously unknown population of astrocytes in the spinal cord of mice give rise to a hypersensitivity to pain.

This discovery raises the possibility that the efficacy of drugs used to treat chronic pain may be boosted by using noradrenaline to suppress signalling from these astrocytes.

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  1. Nature Neuroscience 23, 1376–1387 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41593-020-00713-4

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 51.58% Domestic
  • 48.42% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (205 total)

  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Kyoto University, Japan (22.12)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (18.32)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (15.04)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (14.01)
  5. Hokkaido University, Japan (11.50)
  6. Osaka University, Japan (11.37)
  7. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (6.05)
  8. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (4.77)
  9. University of Tsukuba, Japan (4.35)
  10. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (4.35)

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

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