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University of Tsukuba


The University of Tsukuba is located in the suburbs of Tokyo and is at the heart of Tsukuba Science City —Japan’s largest “science city,” which has 29 national research institutes and about 150 private research organizations. The University operates on the principle that it is open to all.

The University of Tsukuba aims to cross the borders that separate a variety of organizations, such as those between nations, research institutions, and fields of study. The University’s network is expanding globally. In particular, the University has entered into ten campus-in-campus arrangements with universities in eight countries and regions, thereby promoting close cooperative relationships between education and research. At present, the University hosts approximately 2,400 study abroad students from more than 110 countries and regions.

Collaboration is essential in order to achieve high-quality outcomes with limited resources. As an example, the University is actively engaged in an exchange of talent and joint research that goes beyond the conventional university framework at nationwide joint-use institutes that encompass the four fields of computational science, marine science, plant science, and plasma research.

The Research and Development Centers are the part of the University’s quest to pursue research and innovation that result in benefits for society. Externally funded, seven centers are newly established as industry-university-government partnerships for joint research in areas of high demand from the community.

The University is also proactively engaging in the support of venture corporations. Thus far, a total of 144 companies have originated from the University of Tsukuba, including Cyberdyne, Inc.

A frontrunner in university reform in Japan, the University is creating a flexible education and research structure as well as a university system to meet the needs of the next generation. It aspires to be a comprehensive university, continuously meeting new challenges and developing new areas. The foremost mission of a university is to provide an environment that allows future leaders to realize their full potential. The University gives students the opportunity to develop their individuality and skills through an education that is backed by cutting-edge research.

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1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Tsukuba published between 1 July 2019 - 30 June 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
260 56.27

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 145 21.61
Life Sciences 65 14.18
Chemistry 61 22.50
Earth & Environmental Sciences 16 3.10
2 0.33
2 0.35
3 0.52
2 0.16
2 0.26
2 0.08
1 0.14
The future of Southeast Asia’s forests
2 1.25

Highlight of the month

Hibernation-inducing brain circuit found in mice

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© Catherine Falls Commercial/Getty

Mice and rats, which are non-hibernating animals, can enter a hibernation-like state by exciting specific neurons in their brains.

Many mammals and birds survive winter by slashing their energy consumptions through hibernation. Although mice don’t hibernate, injecting genetically modified mice with a certain compound has recently been shown to cause their body temperatures to drop by around 10 degrees Celsius for several hours.

Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Tsukuba has identified the neurons in the brain responsible for this hibernation-like state. They could cause mice and rats to enter the state by chemically or optically activating a set of neurons in the hypothalamus.

If a similar circuit exists in humans, it could one day be used to induce humans to enter a hibernation-state, which would be useful for long-distance space travel and for conveying seriously injured patients to hospitals.

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  1. Nature 583, 109−114 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2163-6

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