Research Impact

Overview

The series of researches highlights the extensive regional, national and global impact of Okayama University current research projects.

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Control of Enteric Infectious Dideases in India

More than 240,000 children under the age of five die every year in India. The Collaborative Research Center of Okayama University for Infectious Diseases in India conducts the hospital-based active surveillance of the diseases in cooperation with the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.

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Cancer Gene Therapy with REIC/Dkk-3

With our strong history in advanced biomedical sciences, including gene and cell therapy, we are focusing on the integration of cutting-edge nanotechnology with state-of-the-art biotechnology to develop a new therapy that is more patient-friendly than conventional ones.

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Mechano-medicine

Mechanobiology is indispensable to all living creatures ranging from bacteria to human beings because every living thing continually experiences mechanical stimuli, not only exogenous but also endogenous, and responds appropriately to these stimuli.

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CSCs from human iPSCs

We successfully developed cancer stem cells (CSCs) from induced pluripotent stem cells for the first time in the world. The CSCs produced from iPSCs exhibited differentiation and sphere formation as well as malignant tumorigenicity in vivo. Both differentiated and undifferentiated states of the CSCs are demonstrated to be necessary for the maintenance of the cancer cells themselves.

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Photo Synthesis Research

Photosynthetic water oxidation produces electrons, protons and oxygen from water using light energy from the sun, thus sustaining all oxygenic life on the earth. This reaction is catalyzed by Photosystem II. We are analyzing the structure and function of PSII in order to reveal the molecular mechanism of water oxidation, which may serve as a template for artificial photosynthetic systems.

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Fighting Viral Infections

Our approach seeks to prevent viruses from proliferating after an infection occurs. The strategy involves the creation of an artificial DNA-binding protein that attaches to a virus more strongly than the virus's own replication protein. We hope to use these artificial DNA-binding proteins to produce agricultural crops with greater resistance to viruses.

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New Functional Material for Enerfy Production, Strage, and Transport

The research center of the titled is presently focusing on development of new high-Tc superconductors, high-performance transistors and solar cells, as well as theoretical study on those devices.

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Research Core for Extreme Quantum World

The present universe is composed solely of matters although anti-matters and matters existed equally at the beginning. Neutrinos may have played decisive role in making this imbalance. Crucial but yet undermined properties include their absolute mass, mass type (Dirac or Majorana), CP-violation phases.

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Amorphous Iron Oxide of Bacterial Origin

BIOX was an ingenious hybrid of organic and inorganic materials produced through the interaction of bacterial exopolymers with aqueous-phase inorganics. Intriguingly, BIOX has a variety of the industrial functions: lithium-ion battery anode material, catalyst enhancer, and porcelain pigment.

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π-Electronic Organic Molecules for Electronic Energy Devices

The research project focuses on synthesis of organic molecules, in particular polycyclic hydrocarbons, for fabrication of energy devices such as organic superconductors, field effect transistors and photovoltaic cells.

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Alliance between Mathematical Science and Clinical medicine

This project will contribute to high-performance clinical diagnoses through construction of decision-making tools including mathematical modeling, simulation technology, image processing and statistical analysis, and is ultimately aimed at evolution of both mathematical science and clinical medicine.

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Research on
Novel Actuator

Actuators are devices to produce “actuation” as mechanical output. Actuators can find a wide range of applications in scientific instruments, production machineries, and medical devices. The aim of our group is to pursue the interdisciplinary research and the academic-industry collaboration on new actuators and applications.

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Transport system of mineral elements and mineral stress tolerance in plants

To improve crop production on these problem soils, our group focuses on the response of plants to mineral stresses, especially on understanding the tolerance mechanisms from the gene to whole plant level.

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