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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.20

May 29,2013

Kyushu University

Topic:
Altered Expression of Diabetes-Related Genes in Alzheimer's Disease Brains: The Hisayama Study
Researcher:
Yusaku Nakabeppu, Division of Neurofunctional Genomics, Department of Immunobiology and Neuroscience, Medical Institute of Bioregulation
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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is considered to be a risk factor for dementia including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, the molecular mechanism underlying this risk is not well understood. We examined

Ritsumeikan University

Topic:
Utilizing Ultraviolet Rays for a Cleaner,Safer Society
Researcher:
Naoyuki Kamiko, Professor, College of Science and Engineering / Department of Environmental Systems Engineering
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The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated local infrastructure in a matter of moments. If local sewage treatment facilities were also to have been damaged it would have …

The University of Tokyo

Topic:
Crystallography on the nanogram scale: Crystalline sponges eliminate need for sample crystallization
Researcher:
Makoto Fujita, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
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Single crystal X-ray analysis is a powerful tool for determining the structures of molecules and is widely used both in academic and industrial research. However, this analytical method …

University of Tsukuba

Topic:
Sleep Medicine
Researcher:
Masashi Yanagisawa, Professor / Director, WPI-International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine
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Sleep is a remarkably universal phenomenon in the higher animal species, and its disturbances reduce mental and physical wellbeing. However, the function of sleep and the mechanism for …

Waseda University

Topic:
Will Abenomics raise wages? Aggressive quantitative easing policy and the features of the Japanese labor market
Researcher:
Sachiko Kuroda, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences
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Under the first arrow of Abenomics, Bank of Japan is conducting aggressive quantitative easing policy. Japanese expectations of economic restoration are increasing, however, there …

Keio University

Topic:
Exploring the music of the 21st century
Researcher:
Toru Iwatake, Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
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The theme of my seminar class is the creation and research of multimedia artwork involving sound by applying information technologies. In this field, research is indispensable in order to …

Kyoto University

Topic:
Scaled-Down "Memory" Polymer Holds Key to Stronger and Smarter Mesoscopic Materials
Researcher:
Susumu Kitagawa, Shuhei Furukawa, Yoko Sakata, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)
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Kyoto, Japan–A team of researchers headed by Director Susumu Kitagawa, at Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), has found that small porous materials …

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