Osaka University Japan
Osaka University was founded in 1931 as one of the seven imperial universities of Japan and it remains today one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities. The University houses more than 23,000 students and more than 6,600 faculty and staff members. Osaka University was named Japan’s most innovative university and is included among the most innovative institutions in the world according to the Nature Index 2017 Innovation publication. The University’s ability to innovate stems from its broad disciplinary spectrum and strong industry-university collaboration, as well as its engagement with, and contributions to, society. This strength is coupled with a drive for innovation that extends throughout the scientific process, from fundamental research to the creation of applied technology. The University continues to explore new research fields, develop greater innovation from the fundamental research stages, and make even greater efforts to pioneer interdisciplinary research projects.
With the motto “Live Locally, Grow Globally,” Osaka University has adopted a vision of openness for 2021. To this end, we strive to make our education, research and community more open and ensure that our three campuses are places where outstanding students and researchers from around the world can gather, learn, discover, and collaborate. Since integrating with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, Osaka University has enhanced its capacity in the studies of language and culture, and we are enhancing degree programs conducted in English and Japanese language support for international students and faculty. In recent years, the University has also actively expanded its global outreach by setting up overseas centers in San Francisco, Groningen, Bangkok and Shanghai.
Osaka University leverages its role as a Designated National University Corporation selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to contribute to innovation for human welfare, the sustainable development of society, and social transformation.
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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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 (Share)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||8||1.26|
Share output for the past 5 years
Highlight of the month
Pathways that prevent kidney damage
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The pathways that cells use to prevent kidney damage by defective lysosomes have been elucidated.
Organelles known as lysosomes are the recycling centres of cells, breaking down waste products into useful components that can be reused. But lysosomes pose a threat to cells if they rupture and spill their harmful contents. Cells employ several strategies for dealing with damaged lysosomes but much remains unknown about the pathways.
Now, a team led by researchers at Osaka University has discovered how these responses operate in the kidneys to prevent damage induced by crystals.
They discovered that a protein known as TFEB turns on genes that cause damaged lysosomes to self-destruct and that also induce the production of replacement lysosomes. The researchers also found that lipidation of a protein called LC3 was needed to activate TFEB.
The team confirmed this finding in a mouse model of crystal-induced kidney damage, with mice lacking TFEB exhibiting greater kidney damage.
- Nature Cell Biology 22, 1252–1263 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41556-020-00583-9
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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021
International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 58.51% Domestic
- 41.49% International
Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators with Osaka University by Share (291 total)
Osaka University and The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
Osaka University19.86The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)28.80
Osaka University and Kyoto University
Osaka University15.96Kyoto University17.32
Osaka University and RIKEN
Osaka University and Tohoku University
Osaka University5.44Tohoku University6.48
Osaka University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Osaka University7.17National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)3.41
Osaka University and Nagoya University
Osaka University4.31Nagoya University6.15
Osaka University and Kyushu University
Osaka University4.04Kyushu University5.13
Osaka University and Hokkaido University
Osaka University3.70Hokkaido University5.35
Osaka University and Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University
Osaka University5.46Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University3.21
Osaka University and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI)
Osaka University6.53Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI)1.71
Top 10 international collaborators with Osaka University by Share (1058 total)
Osaka University and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Osaka University2.88Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres2.95
Osaka University and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Osaka University3.03French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)2.11
Osaka University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Osaka University2.08Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)2.51
Osaka University and Max Planck Society
Osaka University1.00Max Planck Society3.15
Osaka University and Harvard University
Osaka University1.02Harvard University2.92
Osaka University and Hunan University (HNU)
Osaka University0.30Hunan University (HNU)3.41
Osaka University and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
Osaka University1.86The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)1.10
Osaka University and Stanford University
Osaka University1.82Stanford University1.14
Osaka University and University of Michigan (U-M)
Osaka University0.82University of Michigan (U-M)2.01
Osaka University and Sichuan University (SCU)
Osaka University0.54Sichuan University (SCU)2.14
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory (PhotoBIO-OIL)
- Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy (AGORA)
- Belle Collaboration
- Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet)
- Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University
- Daikin Research Alliance Laboratories
- ERATO Ito Glycotrilogy Project
- Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM)
- Genetic Study Group of Investigation Committee on Ossification of the Spinal Ligaments
- International Consortium for Blood Pressure (ICBP)
- JEOL YOKOGUSHI Research Alliance Laboratories
- KamLAND-Zen Collaboration
- Kaneka Fundamental Technology Research Alliance Laboratories
- Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next Generation of Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX)
- Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA)
- Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI)
- Nippon Shokubai Research Alliance Laboratories at Osaka University Suita Campus
- Osaka University - Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corportation Joint Research Chair for Neuro-Medical Science
- Osaka University-Panasonic Science Research Alliance Laboratories
- RIKEN-ISIR Department of Disease Glycomics (Alliance Laboratory)
- The ATLAS Collaboration
- The MOA Collaboration
- The Super-Kamiokande Collaboration
- ULVAC-Osaka University Joint Research Laboratory for Future Technology
- United Graduate School of Child Development (UGSCD)
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