How do we investigate human beings, “thinking reeds” ?

Humans can be viewed as “thinking reeds (by Blaise Pascal)” due to their well-developed brains. The human brain issues commands and makes adjustments to organs and tissues throughout the body, as well as tying together their bidirectional interrelationships and maintaining homeostasis. Therefore, basic research on the roles of the brain and nervous system in the human body and in homeostasis has a vital position in physiology. Because of this, the National Institute for Physiological Sciences currently focuses its research on the brain, nervous system, and homeostasis. We intend to move this research forward, with a focus on promoting integrative studies based on general physiological (molecular and cell physiology plus biophysics) research at the molecular and cellular levels, and their significance within the human body.

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