About NIPS

Research projects and other programs which NIPS researchers contribute to.

Research projects

1. Japan-U.S. Brain Research Cooperative Program


Japan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program has been implemented since 1979 under the treaty concluded between the governments of two countries, of which "Brain Research" Division was commenced in the year 2000. National Institute for Physiological Sciences from Japanese side and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a sub-organ of NIH, from the U.S. support the cooperative projects of researchers of both countries as the responsible agency. The expenses necessary for the projects are borne respectively by each country, in principle, and most of the subsidies provided by Japan Society for the Promotion Science are used for travel expenses and living expenses of the researchers dispatched to the United States.
See details:https://www.nips.ac.jp/jusnou/eng/


2. Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies


Japan has been formulating its own project based on the following three objectives: to focus on studies of non-human primate brains that will directly link to better understanding of the human brain; to elucidate the neural networks involved in such brain disorders as dementia and depression; and to promote close cooperation between basic and clinical research related to the brain. Dubbed Brain Mapping by Integrated Neurotechnologies for Disease Studies (Brain/MINDS), this new project was just launched in fiscal 2014 and will integrate new technologies and clinical research. In this program, challenging goals will be achieved through long-term researches carried out by linking core research institutions nationwide.



3.Human Science Research Area Collaboration Center for Human Development and Sociality

The National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Tamagawa University Brain Science Institute, Doshisha University Center for Baby Science, and Showa University Medical Institute of Developmental Disabilities Research together aim to deepen mutual collaboration in the field of human development and sociality. Through the promotion of interdisciplinary research and the construction of collaborative research environments, we will contribute to the promotion of science and technology as well as the development of young human resources.



4.Understanding human nature based on non-linear neuronal oscillation


In this program, we will create a new academic field “neuro-oscillology”, which enable us to comprehend human nature. Oscillology is a pragmatic knowledge that approach “human brain” combining findings from state-of-the-art experimental research and ideas from a non-reductionism perspective that regard complex human being as inseparable unitary system. We share working hypotheses that the spontaneous oscillation and synchronization in neuronal system yield its functional differentiation and self-organization, as well as database derived from relevant experimental researches. We will create a new academic field “oscillology”, which synthesizes neuroscience, mathematics, and clinical medicine to achieve mathematical and neuro-systematic comprehension of human nature. (Japanese Only)

5.Advanced Bioimaging Support(ABiS)


In the field of life science, imaging techniques are widely used on many scales, from molecules to cells to intact tissues and individuals. The demand for bioimaging has increased in recent years. However, due to advances in imaging technologies, i.e., the diversification and sophistication of special imaging equipment, advances in operations technology, increased costs of advanced imaging equipment, and advances in image analysis technologies, individual research institutes (including universities) have encountered increasing difficulties related to the introduction and operation of imaging equipment. Our supporting platform, ABiS (Advanced Bioimaging Support), has introduced cutting-edge apparatuses for light microscopy, electron microscopy, magnetic resonance, and other methods. ABiS was established by domestic partner organizations that owned and operated multiple types of advanced specialized imaging equipment, in order to provide comprehensive support for advanced imaging in the field of life science. 

Collaboration Projects with Industries and Universities

1.Social collaboration training course

Japanese only




Other Projects


1.Training Course

TC2023poster.pngEvery summer, NIPS provides "NIPS Training Course" on physiological experimental techniques for young scientists - from molecular biology to system physiology. Please join us to learn traditional and advanced physiological techniques.


           (Japanese Only)

2. Database for Physiological Experimental Protocols

project_site9.jpgDatabase for Physiological Experimental Protocols discloses various information about experimental animal models, microscopic images, tools, softwares and other experimental techniques.