Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)
東京農工大学

Japan

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) has a long history of improving society through advances in agricultural science and engineering. Ever since its beginnings in the 1870s as two government departments that merged in 1949 to form a university, TUAT has placed a strong emphasis on improving the lives of people in Japan and beyond. Input from a broad range of perspectives is required to address major global challenges such as environmental degradation, energy and food supply issues, and obstacles to realizing a sustainable society. The university’s vision is to realize globally competitive research capabilities and to become a science and technology hub for developing a sustainable society. TUAT is well known for its strong research collaboration with industry and for striving to create new technology.

Institute of Global Innovation Research

In 2014, TUAT was selected by the Japanese government as one of 12 national universities rapidly promoting global research. To enhance the university’s research capabilities in agriculture and engineering, the university established the Institute of Global Innovation Research (GIR). This institute prioritizes research in three key areas: food, energy and life sciences. It is developing strategic research teams with the aim of promoting international collaborations.

Wide range of choices in agriculture and engineering

The university offers a very broad range of courses. Its Faculty of Agriculture has courses in biological production, applied biological science, environmental and natural resource science, eco-regional science, and veterinary medicine. And its Faculty of Engineering offers courses in biotechnology and life sciences, applied chemistry, organic and polymer materials chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical systems engineering, applied physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computer and information sciences. The university aims to nurture leadership ability in students and to equip them to solve global issues through the fields of agriculture and engineering.

Well-known alumni

Notable TUAT alumni include Professor Akira Endo, Japan Prize laureate; Lasker-Debakey, Clinical Medical Research Award winner; Morshed Khan, former foreign minister of Bangladesh; Ginandjar Kartasasmita, former minister for mining and energy in Indonesia; Hirohide Hamashima, engineer at Bridgestone F1 Tire; and Susumu Ohno, author of the book Evolution by Gene Duplication.

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1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) published between 1 March 2016 - 28 February 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.

AC FC WFC
38 19.45 19.45

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 8 3.31 3.31
Chemistry 28 16.67 16.67
Life Sciences 4 1.05 1.05

Highlight of the month: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)

Protecting bones from prostate cancer

© Sciepro/Science Photo Library/Getty

© Sciepro/Science Photo Library/Getty

A team, including researchers from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, found that a recently developed drug can protect bones against destruction caused by prostate cancer.

Cancer cells can spread from their original tumour sites to bones and grow there as new tumours, destroying bone tissue and causing fractures and pain. Bone tumours develop frequently in patients with prostate cancer, the second-most common cancer in men worldwide.

The researchers injected prostate cancer cells into the lower-leg bones of mice with a weak immune system. A control sample group was untreated, and the other group received TAS-115, a new drug previously seen to protect the bones of mice from lung cancer cells. The untreated mice lost bone mass and holes formed in their bones, whereas the bones of the mice that received TAS-115 were almost unscathed and their tumours much smaller than those of untreated mice.

The researchers found that TAS-115 blocked the molecular pathway that promotes the creation of osteoclasts, a specialized type of cell that degrades bone tissue.

According to the authors, TAS-115 is a promising candidate for treating patients with prostate cancer that has spread to their bones.

Supported content

  1. J. Biol. Chem. 291, 20891–20899 (2016). doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.727875

View the article on the Nature Index

1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 54.8% Domestic
  • 45.2% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (19 total)

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (7.67)
    3.06
    4.61
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (4.88)
    2.48
    2.39
  3. Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, UTokyo, Japan (3.67)
    2.32
    1.35
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (2)
    1
    1
  5. Nagoya University, Japan (1.67)
    0.28
    1.38
  6. Saitama University, Japan (1.32)
    1.06
    0.25
  7. Tamura Corporation, Japan (1.17)
    0.79
    0.38
  8. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan (1.08)
    0.79
    0.29
  9. Rikkyo University, Japan (1)
    0.60
    0.40
  10. Gakushuin University, Japan (1)
    0.17
    0.83

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

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