OIST in the News
News outlets are showing interest in research from the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit on adding the amino acid taurine to photosensitizers used in brain cancer therapy. The type of therapy, called photodynamic therapy, is often used to treat brain tumors because it can specifically target cancerous cells while sparing healthy cells nearby from damage.Read More
In April this year, CNN came to OIST to learn more about the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit's wave energy project and the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit's perovskite solar cell project to feature on its “The Future of Japan” series. The link is now up on the CNN website! Click here (edition.cnn.com/2017/06/13/tech/renewable-energy-japan/index.html) to see it and learn how OIST scientists are reinventing the future of energy.Read More
Twenty-two OISTers participated this Sunday June 18th to the 34th Manza Hari race taking place in front of the ANA International hotel, forming two motivated teams to take on the locals in the dragonboat race.
Despite each team finishing first in their respective qualification runs, their overall recorded times were unfortunately not good enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
A reporter from the Okinawa Times however immortalized the moment with this photo of OIST Team B in action, which was featured on the front page of the Monday edition.
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan and Australia have sequenced and decoded for the first time the genome of Crown of Thorns Starfish, The path to the biocontrol of this invading predator responsible for the destruction of coral reefs across the oceans.Read More
OIST Professor Keshav Dani just published an already widely shared commentary in the prestigious Physics Today, recounting his experience on multidisciplinary science across the world. His expertise in femtosecond electroscopy led him to work with artwork conservation programs to help analyzing paintings, with neurobiologists to manipulate brain activity and with neuroscientists to build novel microscopes.
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On June 14, along with related agencies and ministries, Cabinet Office's Okinawa Development and Promotion Bureau held a meeting for promoting international conferences to be held in Okinawa. CAO and Okinawa Prefectural Government explained about the past records and the progress status on MICE in Okinawa. According to CAO, there will be 26 international conferences related to government agencies in FY17, all of which are going to be held at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Onna Village.Read More
New research from the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit published in eLife demonstrated the ability to track cellular vesicles within a pre-snypatic terminal in real-time!Read More
The Quantum Wave Unit reported a successful use of graphene films to drastically enhance the contrast and quality of Electron Microscopy images with low energy electron beams.
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OIST Science Trip in Miyakojima was started at Miyako High School on June 9, participated by approximately 50 science major students. Dr. Maeva Techer, a postdoctoral scholar from OIST, explained about her career as scientist and her research theme, and gave some advices for the students.
Dr. Techer explained, “A scientist’s job is to make thorough searches and then discover something no one else has done found before. To do this, I work even traveling all over the world.”Read More
BS Japan (BS ch 7)'s science program "Kagaku Michiru" http://www.yakult.co.jp/kagakumichiru/ has featured Prof. Tsumoru Shintake. The theme was "Challenges to infective disease" (The program is in Japanese.)
Research results from the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit unearthed new knowledge about the toxic role of the protein alpha-synuclein when overabundant in neurons: inhibiting vesicle endosytosis at the nerve terminal. The researchers believe that this inhibitory process is what occurs in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, before morphological changes such as the loss of function and death of neurons begins.Read More
On May 28 (Sun), the 6th Science Project for Ryukyu Girls was held at OIST Conference Center with 41 Okinawan junior and high school students accompanied by 26 guardians.Read More
University of Science and Technology (UST) in Korea, wanted to introduce OIST as one of the world-class instutes along with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Helmholtz Institutes in Germany and UTS in a documentary series of the Korean National broadcaster.Read More
OIST Harii Teams' challenges were featured in local TV's news.Read More
Prof. Ishikawa and the Immune Signal Unit have seen their research achievements featured in a wide array of national and international news outlets!
They reported a new selective target called JunB for treatments against auto-immune diseases. JunBis a DNA regulator that triggers specific white blood cells in the immune system to turn rogue and start destroying healthy tissues instead of invaders.
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Research on quantum necklace structures from Professor Busch's Quantum Systems Unit is appearing in the news! Check here for updates on which publications have been writing about it.
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Masato Nakama, an OIST member from the Rules and Procedures Section was featured on the Ryukyu Shimpo about his positive contribution to the OIST diverse work environment.Read More
Asahi Shimbun Digital's "&Travel" features OIST as one of the must see places while you are in Okinawa. (Only Japanese)Read More
The research headed by Prof. Zhang on self-assembling nanomaterials able to change shapes following exposure to UV light has gathered international media attention!
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Tim Hornyak, a freelance writer who visited OIST in the end of March wrote about us in Nature Index.
Far-flung and thriving: prime time for Okinawa’s grand experiment
Japan’s gambit to globalize its scientific research is paying dividends.
16 May 2017
A research collaboration between Prof. Busch and Dr. Zhang from the Quantum System Unit and Washington State University led to a publication which gathered a lot of international media attention the past few weeks.
They studied a fluid with a negative effective mass, meaning it would accelerates towards a force applied to it rather than in the same direction.Read More