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NIPS is an internationally recognized research institution and active international exchanges are performed. NIPS has the positions of foreign research staff, and world top-class researchers have engaged in research collaboration so far using this framework. Besides the research collaboration, visiting professors contribute to education of young researchers. In FY2014, NIPS started the Section of International Collaborative Research Project, which is run for 3 years by an adjunctive foreign professor as a Principal Investigator (P.I.). In FY2020, Professor Denis Le Bihan (a former Director of Neurospin, France) continues to run a lab as a P.I. In addition, using the frameworks such as JSPS postdoctoral fellowship, foreign researchers and graduate students conduct research at NIPS. Also many foreign students enter Department of Physiological Sciences of SOKENDAI as a graduate school and engage in research actively.
One of the main international exchange activities at NIPS is the annual international symposium. A NIPS professor serves as an organizer, and usually approximately 10 leading researchers from abroad and a similar number of leading domestic researchers are invited. The total number of participants ranges 100-150. In FY2019, the 50th NIPS International Symposium entitled “MIRACLES in Cardiovascular Physiology” was organized by Professor Motohiro Nishida. There were approximately 100 participants including 8 oversea speakers (total 26 speakers) and 40 poster presenters. In FY2020, the 51th NIPS International Symposium entitled “Intercellular Tight Junction (tentative)” (Organizer: Professor Mikio Furuse) was scheduled, but it was postponed by the influence of the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the international workshop, which is an international version of NIPS research meetings, was launched in FY2008 and a meeting outside of NIPS was held online in FY2020.
NIPS has an academic contract or a memorandum of understanding for academic interaction with foreign institutions as follows, and is actively conducting joint academic activities including collaborative researches. The institutions are Korea University, College of Medicine and Yonsei University, College of Medicine and Dentistry (Korea); Tübingen University, Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (Germany); Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Thailand); University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine (Australia); Neurospin (France); and McGill University (Canada). In FY2020, we held ceremonies online to extend the term of the Memory of Understanding of academic cooperation with Korea University and Yonsei University (Figs. 1, 2). In FY2019, a joint symposium with McGill University was held in McGill University, dispatching 8 NIPS researchers, and two students in McGill University stayed in NIPS for 5 weeks for collaborative research. A joint symposium with Korea University and Yonsei University was held in Korea University, dispatching 24 researchers including 8 graduate students. That with Chulalongkorn University was held in Chulalongkorn University, dispatching 8 NIPS researchers. A joint symposium with Tübingen University and Peking University was organized in NIPS, inviting 13 oversea speakers. In FY2020, a joint symposium with McGill University in NIPS and that with Tübingen University in Germany were scheduled, but postponed by the influence of COVID-19.  In FY 2021, NIPS will watch the spread of COVID-19 carefully, and promote international activities by various strategies including online meetings.    
Besides these, many international research collaborations of high quality are performed at the individual researchers’ level, supported by the budget of NIPS as well as NINS and also research grant from outside.

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An online ceremony to extend the term of MOU with Korea Univ College of Medicine




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An online ceremony to extend the term of MOU with Yonsei Univ College of Medicine and Dentistry