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USJI Universities Research Report Vol.42

July 29,2015

Kyushu University

STAT3-dependent reactive astrogliosis in the spinal dorsal horn underlies chronic itch
Makoto Tsuda, Professor, Department of Life Innovation, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Chronic itch is an intractable symptom of inflammatory skin diseases, such as atopic and contact dermatitis. Recent studies have revealed neuronal pathways selective for itch, but the mechanisms by which itch turns into a pathological .…

Ritsumeikan University

Sophia University

The University of Tokyo

Building trust: 20 years of the Laboratory for Integrated Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
Dominique Collard, Professor, EUJO-LIMMS, Institute of Industrial Science
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Successful international research collaborations are built on a solid foundation of trust, and trust is earned over time. This Franco-Japanese research partnership is a textbook example of how it’s done…

University of Tsukuba

Waseda University

Keio University

Learning from master farmers-Keio researchers are applying information technology to capture and spread the agricultural wisdom of Japan’s aging farmers
Atsushi Shinjo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
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Computer scientist Atsushi Shinjo is using modern technology to gather and disperse the accumulated wisdom of Japan’s expert farmers thanks to an encounter in 2009 with prize-winning tomato farmer Yutaka Ooyama from Tochigi Prefecture, …

Kyoto University

Dogs avoid people who behave negatively to their owners
Kazuo Fujita, Professor, Hitomi Chijiiwa, Doctoral student, Graduate School of Letter
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Dogs are extremely sensitive to social signals from humans. For instance, they quickly stop trusting actors who send decepti ve signals (Takaoka, Maeda, Hori, & Fujita, 2015). In this situation, the dogs clearly benefit themselves by doing …

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