Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. In the wake of its 50th anniversary, KAIST is scaling up new research initiatives in order to become a ‘first mover.’ This is in line with its plan to pivot away from its previous role as a ‘fast follower,’ a role that led to Korea’s rapid industrialization.

Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST was tasked with the very clear institutional mission to make innovations that would drive the country’s economic growth engine, especially in the fields of ICT and electronics. KAIST has fully achieved its institutional mission, creating a very successful educational model that is now being benchmarked by many other countries.

Turning 50 years old in 2021, its R&D strategy has shifted to focus on creating global value for the future. Among others, the Global Singularity Research Project aims to identify the most critical projects which will make the biggest difference in people’s lives.

This innovative research project selects the two most creative and future-oriented research projects every year. Young researchers’ projects on new materials, neuro-rehabilitation, and brain function redesign selected as this research program will surely bring breakthroughs which will serve as game changers for the future.

For more information on KAIST research, visit https://www.kaist.ac.kr/en/html/research/04.html

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published between 1 August 2019 - 31 July 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
376 161.49

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 202 85.21
Life Sciences 90 25.70
Chemistry 168 83.40
18 8.94
9 5.73
15 8.26
6 3.27
8 5.87
3 2.50
28 10.64
5 3.57
18 10.73
3 0.53
2 0.31
18 5.25
2 0.83
2 1.05
7 5.25
5 1.48
4 0.98
6 3.14
9 5.08
Earth & Environmental Sciences 5 1.11

Highlight of the month

Experimental Alzheimer’s treatment keeps it simple



Highly complex neurodegenerative diseases could be treated by surprisingly simple molecular reagents.

The brains of people with disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease are afflicted by a toxic cocktail, which includes misfolded amyloid-beta proteins, metal ions and reactive oxygen species.

Using the basic principles of redox chemistry, a team led by researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed simple molecules that can react with and detoxify a whole range of these damaging species.

The team designed a basic aromatic molecular structure whose redox reactivity they could tune by attaching different side chains. The most effective candidate, which had two amino side chains, was able to mop up free radicals and also capture metal-bound and metal-free toxic amyloid-beta.

In an animal study, the lead candidate molecule reduced amyloid-beta deposits and improved cognitive performance in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

Supported content

  1. Journal of the American Chemical Society 142, 8183–8193 (2020). doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b13100

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 51.78% Domestic
  • 48.22% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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