RESEARCH

  • Research Centers


    Nationwide joint-use institutes

    Providing large-scale facilities for joint use and Conducting joint research, information exchange and human exchange on a national scale

    Center for Computational Sciences (CCS)
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    The mission of the CCS is the promotion of “Multidisciplinary Computational Science” through enhanced cooperation between, and the fusion of, computational and computer sciences. The CCS carries out R&D in high performance computing and networking systems, and applications for advanced sciences. The center was formerly the Center for Computational Physics (CCP) founded in April 1992; it has been reorganized and expanded with the addition of research areas for materials and life sciences, earth and bio environmental sciences, and computational informatics. The center is an inter-university facility open to researchers throughout Japan.

    Shimoda Marine Research Center
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    Shimoda Marine Research Center (SMRC), University of Tsukuba, located on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, is a facility for research and education on marine biology. The marine environment around here is diverse and rich in littoral fauna and flora, providing excellent resources for marine biology. Marine organisms have been providing unique systems in basic biology and contribute in recent life sciences. Now they are especially focused due to the environmental issues and biodiversity. We are doing research and education on marine organisms from molecular to ecological levels for the comprehensive understanding of life and the benefit of human society and environments.

    Tsukuba-Plant Innovation Research Center
    Website (Japanese only)

    Taking advantage of being located in the Tsukuba Science City with its concentration of industry, government, and university institutes, T-PIRC aims to develop highly functional and highly value-added plants and vegetables and to accelerate the process of industrial applications. To achieve its goals, T-PIRC set the following objectives: Promoting information sharing and gathering among industry, government, and university and further developing cooperative research; putting research results to practical application in a seamless manner in cooperation with industry; and improving function as an incubator to start a venture business.
    Consisting of the following centers, divisions, and units, T-PIRC aims to expand its research capacity and promote industrial applications.
    Gene Research Center
    Next-Generation Agricultural Research Division
    ► International Bioresource Research Division
    ► Data Analysis Division
    ► Collaborative Research Division
    ► Educational Partnership Unit
    ► Research and Education Support Unit
    Plant Transgenic Design (PTraD) Initiative

    Plasma Research Center
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    The center carries out advanced research and education in plasma physics and its applications (especially, improvement of plasma confinement by electric potential/field, investigation and control of boundary plasma) using world-largest tandem mirror device "GAMMA 10" and development of related facilities. It promotes mutual research cooperation of plasma fusion science with universities and research institutes in Japan and abroad.

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    University's inter-department education research institutes (Student Support)

    Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC)

    The CEGLOC provides both Japanese and overseas students with supportive environments in which to learn various languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (either as a foreign language or the first language). The Center also manages the facilities and equipment required for that purpose and supports basic research programs contributing to the improvement of our language courses. More details

    Sport and Physical Education Center
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    The center manages the university's sport and physical education facilities and training lodge and executes physical education and extracurricular educational activities for our students. It also conducts physical education activities sponsored by the university and guides measurement of physical fitness, health consultation and physical training for the university staff. These sport and physical education facilities open to the public to promote physical activities.

    Admission Center

    The center conducts Admission Center entrance examinations, the special type of examinations for research-oriented students, and performs surveys and research on the procedures of selecting students. More details

    University Health Center

    The health center provides health examination, medical treatment, health consultations (in the domains of internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dentistry) and first-aid assistance to students and faculty. While contributing to the promotion of health after graduation and during employment, and to the prevention of health problems, it also provides psychiatric and mental health counseling for students. More details

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    University's inter-department education research institutes (Research)

    Distinctive interdisciplinary research core
    Concentration of university resources and facilities in common use for education and research across the entire university

    Life Science Center of Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (Life Science Center of TARA)

    The Life Science Center of the Tsukuba Advance Research Alliance (TARA Center) has originally established in 1994, to promote the creation of new interdisciplinary fields and highly advanced scientific research. Under the same concept, TARA Center is reorganized in 2010 as a life science center to advance cutting-edge life science research as well as to create a novel field of interdisciplinary science based on life sciences. More details

    The Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA)

    With linking North Africa's unique and various potentials with Japan's advanced science and technology, the ARENA aims to enhance academic research on North Africa and Islamic cultural areas, and develop a new academic field of "North African Studies." The research fields of the ARENA include Bioscience, Environment and Energy, Humanities and Social Sciences, and ICT and Innovation. The ARENA promotes interdisciplinary and comprehensive research on the area studies, with combining the four research fields. More details

    Academic Computing & Communications Center (ACCC)
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    The Center supports research and education performed in the University through management of the campus network system, the campus wide computer system, authentication system, provision of security and media services. Also, it conducts research and development towards an advanced utilization of ever evolving ICT for providing the campus information environment. Within ACCC, the Office of Educational Cloud has been organized to provide the e-learning management system, remote lecture delivery service, automatic lecture recording service and Open Courseware (OCW), implemented on the Office’s own computational cloud infrastructure.

    Research Facility Center for Science and Technology
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    The center manages four experimental facilities for scientific research and education, including tandem electrostatic accelerators, facilities for cryogenics, chemical analysis facilities, and engineering workshops.
    Tandem Accelerator Complex
    Cryogenic Division
    Chemical Analysis Division
    ► Engineering Workshop Division

    Center for Cybernics Research
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    Center for Cybernics Research aims intends to contribute to the development of a new cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary field, known as "Cybernics," which is fusion of humans, robots and information systems. It aimed to create innovation and the emergence of a new industry through innovative cybernic technologies that can regenerate, improve, support and expand human's brain-neuro-physical functions and human capabilities, together with the larger goal of making this country’s medical, nursing, and health care industry into the leading growth industry of Japan. Besides being a global leader in the field of human assistive technologies, the Center fosters world-class research and development personnel and works toward commercializing research achievements and returning them to society through industry-university-government cooperation. Through these activities, it strives to accomplish the mission of creating "Society 5.0" by the comprehensive organization, 'Center for Cybernics Research'.

    Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics (CRiED)
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    The Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics was established on December 1, 2012 by unification of the Radioisotope Center and the Terrestrial Environment Center to improve the ability for studying long-term effect of radionuclides in natural environment. The center consists of the Radiation Management Division and the Research Division. The Radiation Management Division manages radioisotopes, radiation facilities and X-ray generators, and trains researchers using radioisotopes. The research division conducts interdisciplinary research on redistribution of radionuclides in forest ecosystems and hydrological system.

    Radioisotope Research Section

    Department of Radioisotope Research utilizes the facilities and previous accomplishments from a wide range of research regarding radioisotopes to develop simple but highly sensitive methods for measuring radiation, as well as new measurement methods under various environmental conditions. Additional objectives include performing fundamental research to practically apply these methods in analyses of physical properties, materials, functionality assessments, radioisotopes in environmental dynamics, and metabolic pathways.

    Terrestrial Isotope Transfer Processes Section

    Department of Environmental Radionuclide Transfer conducts the transfer of radionuclides diffused into the environment.
    Monitoring and modeling of water/sediment are carried out, particularly the transfer mechanism and comprehensive model of radionuclides attached to the forest and soil by using the world’s best technique and technology in cooperation with IAEA, IRSN (France), and Plymouth University (UK).

    Environmental Dynamics & Prediction Section

    Department of Environmental Dynamics and Prediction aims to explain the transfer processes of radioactive substances on both regional and global scales through modeling, simulation, and measurement of material and water transfer in water and atmospheric environments.

    Center for Artificial Intelligence Research
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    The Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (C-AIR) supports and organizes collaboration activities between AI research groups from different fields in the University. This center promotes the interdisciplinarity that is key to the University of Tsukuba's research vision. In this sense, this center works as a hub to mediate the cross-sectional network of fundamental AI research groups and Applied AI research projects within the University of Tsukuba, and also from industry collaborators.

    Research Center for University Studies
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    The center was established in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (current Bunkyo School Building, Tokyo Campus, University of Tsukuba) in 1986 as one of the nation's most prominent research centers, aiming to conduct academic research on the function of universities and higher education institutions in Japan. It deploys energetic activities including providing research presentations through seminars and public research meetings, and cultivation of human resources for the university operations.

    Tomonaga Center for the History of the Universe
    Website (Japanese Only)

    The Tomonaga Center is to push forward the studies on the History of the Universe through interdisciplinary collaborations among particle physics, astrophysics, and nuclear physics. The name "Tomonaga" is from Sin-Itiro Tomonaga (1906-1979), a Nobel laureate in Physics for his basic contributions to the foundation of relativistic field theories and renormalization theories, and also a founder of physics institutes at Tsukuba.

    Tsukuba Research Center for Energy Materials Science
    Website (Japanese Only)
    Laboratory of Advanced Research B / Laboratory for Entrepreneurship

    Tsukuba Research Center for Energy Materials Science (TREMS) aims to create innovative energy materials and devices and to promote collaborative research. TREMS consists of three divisions and one research group, Molecular Designing of Materials Division, Energy Materials Division, Electrical Energy Control Division and Integrated Fundamental Science Research Group.

    Mountain Science Center
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    The Mountain Science Center (MSC) was founded in April 2017 by merging the former Sugadaira Montane Research Center with the University Forests, thereby expanding to encompass research areas such as earth sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences and forest science. The center aims to establish mountain science as a comprehensive science and contribute to the creation of a safe, secure and active mountain community through the cooperation of industry, government and academia. The center manages Sugadaira Research Station, as well as Yatsugatake, Ikawa and Tsukuba Experimental Forest Stations and provides these facilities for field research and education.

    Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED)
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    The center carries out researches on the educational development in the field of school education for better quality and inclusive education based on Japanese Education Models. As the core center on APEC and ASEAN (SEAMEO), it leads educational development in regions, and contributes to the other countries in UNESCO. It has offices in Tokyo Campus, Khon Kaen University in Thailand as well as offices in Tsukuba.

    Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance (ARIHHP)
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    ARIHHP facilitates health and sport sciences of the next generation by applying cutting-edge life and cognitive science research and advanced sports technologies.
    We develop new programs for exercise, nutrition and relaxation (sleep), techniques and tools for sports, and training methods for human high performance based on mind, technique, and body. We aim to contribute to society as a whole, not only to athletes but also the general public.

    Laboratory Animal Resource Center
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    To promote research and education in biomedical science, the center manages laboratory equipment and systems for animal experiments and provides supervision including the development, maintenance and supply of bio-resources including induced mutant mice.

    Transborder Medical Research Center

    Transborder Medical Research Center is the first international research center of University of Tsukuba’s, Faculty of Medicine. Transborder Medical Research Center is formed by carefully selecting specific strategic cores of world-class research know-how, from Medical and Life Science faculties. More details

    Research Center for Knowledge Communities
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    The center conducts interdisciplinary research on knowledge communities that have evolved through advanced information networks. Its mission focuses on research and development of informatics geared toward the formation, representation, organization, interoperability, and evaluation of knowledge and information shared in the community.

    Proton Medical Research Center

    Proton Medical Research Center (PMRC) is a world leading institution conducting not only cancer treatment, but also research in radiation oncology, radiation biology, and medical physics. The University of Tsukuba started basic and clinical studies of protons in 1983, and the present PMRC was constructed in 2000. Since then, thousands of cancer patients have been treated here. Also, advanced technologies have been developed for more precise treatment, and specific biological effects of protons have been clarified. More details

    Tsukuba Sports Medicine & Health Science Center

    The faculty of Health and Sports at the University of Tsukuba has many of the finest trainers in Japan and also sends many highly educated and trained trainers to institutions in Japan and other countries. Our Faculty of Medicine is the one of the top diagnostic and rehabilitation organization in Japan, with many world-class sports physicians. At Tsukuba Sports Medicine & Health Science Center, group of specialists in both faculties work together to provide comprehensive sports medicine care. More details

    Special Needs Education Research Center
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    The center aims to preserve and further develop professionalism in the field of education for disabled children and to propose new research approaches in the framework of special support education.

    Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences (ICR)
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    The Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences (ICR) aims to promote Japan’s leadership in advancing academic research in the humanities and social sciences through tackling issues of global significance and contributing to stabilize the current fault lines between civilizations. For example, our researchers are analyzing the reconstruction efforts from the earthquake disaster, internet society problems and security issues but also are searching for cutting-edge discoveries into philosophy and archaeology. We emphasize accumulating the highest achievements in the fields of humanities and social sciences and endeavor in increasing our global visibility. The ICR collaborates with the top experts through domestic and international alliances and is developing global academic synergy in the field of human and social sciences.

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    Institutes for Leading National Project

    International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS)
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    The laboratory's target field is Sleep biomedicine, which is an inherently interdisciplinary field in terms of methodology, spanning molecular genetics, cellular biology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, medicinal chemistry, and clinical and social medicine. While focusing on sleep, the field is also interdisciplinary with respect to its integral research targets, e.g., studying mood disorders as well as metabolic diseases that are closely associated with pathological variations in sleep/wake states. Japan has been producing a number of researchers who have made significant accomplishments in the field of sleep biomedicine. Led by Director, prominent scientists from multiple research fields contributing to the neurobiology of sleep will come together. The mission of IIIS is to be a multidisciplinary, international hub for the research. By creating a hierarchically flat organization similar to "departments" in the U.S. academia, all scientists in the department freely discuss science with each other regardless of their age or career stage, constantly seeking for opportunities for formal and informal cooperation.

    Innovation Medical Research Institute

    The University of Tsukuba Innovation Medical Research Institute was established in 2012 as part of the "Global Science and Innovation Development Project Utilizing Community Resources through Industry-University Partnership" project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). As a centre of innovation, the institute was jointly proposed by the University of Tsukuba and Keio University. The core function of the institute is to provide an inter-disciplinary and multi-functional space for innovative medical research by bringing together industry, academia and government under one roof. By leveraging on community resources, the institute aims to foster sustainable innovation, industry and employment. More details

    Tsukuba Clinical Research & Development Organization (T-CReDO)

    T-CReDO was established in 2015 and support the translational and clnical development of research results (seeds) on medical technology to get the regulatory approval for marketing. We also support the implementation of clinical trials to obtain clinically useful findings. We provide not only the education and traininig courses for the researchers and porfessionals involved in clinical research but also the entrepreneurship training programs to accelerate the creation of innovative pharmaceuticals and medical devices. More details

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    R&D Center

    The Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES)
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    The Algae Biomass and Energy System R&D Center (ABES) consistently promotes everything from basic research to experimental study and industrial application with the goal of implementing algae oil extraction as an alternative to petroleum fuels and creating a new industry. The center is the largest algae biomass center in Japan with approximately 50 faculty members, and it is the first "development research center" system in the university to be run exclusively on external funding.

    Research and Development Center for Precision Medicine
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    The Research and Development Center for Precision Medicine (PMC) was established as Japan’s first omics analysis center aiming to develop a $1000 genome sequencing technology. Using state-of-the-art technologies in genome sequencing and mass spectrometry, the Center aims to provide analytic and translational approaches to provide precise diagnosis of cancers and various diseases in a data-driven/evidence-based approach.

    Research and Development Center for Health Services Tsukuba

    This is the first center specialized in Health Services Research (HSR) in Japan. HSR is a discipline that studies medical care as continuum of services. It studies how to deliver effectively services that enable health and well-being to those in need and how to measure that quality improvement. As a center, we aim to improve these services together with our society via data analysis at the national and regional levels. Additionally, at the core of this center, we strive to value the broad continuum of care services, ranging from prevention to welfare care. In the spirit of the University of Tsukuba, opened to society, our HSR center welcomes everyone to walk this path together. More details

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    Other Educational Institutions

    Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Teacher Training School

    It is the only school for physical therapy teacher training designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. This "Physical Therapy", means a part of oriental medical therapies including acupuncture, moxibustion, "ANMA" massage (Japanese traditional massage) and "SIATSU" (finger pressure therapy). The mission is to train teachers of the physical therapy in charge of the vocational course of the school for the visually impaired, and to conduct basic and clinical research on the physical therapy. The school also provides acupuncture massage treatment for general outpatients, contributing to better health of local residents and providing an opportunity for students to learn the therapy. More details

    Center for Counseling and Rehabilitation Services (Tsukuba Campus)

    The Center provides people of various ages, including infants, school children, adults, and the elderly with professional counseling services concerning psychological or mental disorders, and strives to help them and their families address their problems. In addition, the Center is a place for conducting research on practical psychology and psychosomatic disorder as well as training professionals in this field.

    Center for Counseling and Development Support Services (Tokyo Campus)

    It's an educational counseling center for infants, pupils, students, and adults with a psychological or a developmental problem. The Center will provide support to help them overcome their problems. In addition, the Center is a place for conducting researches on clinical psychology and special needs education. Students of the Laboratory Schools of the University of Tsukuba have priority use of the Center.

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