Read about international media coverage of OIST.

Takahashi Unit's Research on Alpha-synuclein in Parkinson's in the News

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.

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Junior and High School Female Students Aiming for Scientists Gathered at OIST


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.

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KBS Future Planning 2030 New Science Talents Change in the Future

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. 

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Surprising Team Participated in Maeganeku Harii Race

OIST Harii Teams' challenges were featured in local TV's news.

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OIST Fight Against Auto-Immune Diseases In The News!

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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Busch Unit Quantum Necklaces in the News

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.

Read the full story from the OIST website here.

Find the original paper here.

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Feeling New Era of Science in the Woods of Okinawa -- OIST

Asahi Shimbun Digital's "&Travel" features OIST as one of the must see places while you are in Okinawa. (Only Japanese)


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Mr. Nakama at OIST : His Positiveness Reduces "Barriers" - Not Run Away From Auditory Difficulties

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. 

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Zhang Unit and Shapeshifting Materials In The News!

The research headed by Prof. Zhang on self-assembling nanomaterials able to change shapes following exposure to UV light has gathered international media attention!

You can read the full story here.

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Far-flung and thriving: prime time for Okinawa’s grand experiment

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

Tim Hornyak

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Fluid With Negative Mass In The News!

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.

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Microfluidics Polymer Study In the News!

The design of new microfluidic devices by the team in Prof. Shen's Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit gathered international media attention!

You can read the full story here.

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Coral Conservation Areas to Be Specified : Experts’ Panel Adopted Declaration to Prevent Coral Bleaching


Responding to the record magnitude of coral bleaching which took place in Okinawa and Kagoshima in 2016, the Ministry of Environment held an experts’ panel in Onna Village (* the venue was at OIST.) on April 23, and consolidated an urgent declaration for establishing new oceanic conservation areas and framework for eco-tourism, etc.

Through monitoring the current situations and making predictions of future coral bleaching, the Ministry of Environment is going to discuss areas which urgently need measures for conservation.

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Photoluminescent Stress Sensor molecule in the News!

Dr. Georgy Filonenko and Prof. Julia Khusnutdinova from the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit have recently reported a new photoluminescent compound that can be incorporated in polymer materials and emits light when the polymer is under mechanical stress.

You can read the news release here.

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OIST Surfing Acetone Droplets now a highlight by the Editor of Physics of Fluids!

Dr. Stoffel Janssens - from the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit - story about about acetone droplets floating on water thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect is now an Editor's pick by the Editor of Physics of Fluids!

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Onihitode Aggregation Inducing Molecules Shed Light on Coral Conservation


Onihitode (COTS, Crown-of Thorns Starfish) have long been natural predators against coral reefs, inflicting tremendous damages since 1970s.  Not much was known about the mechanism of their outbreaks, and enormous time and cost have been spent for Onihitode-control.  However, the recent finding of specific protein that induces aggregation of Onihitode sheds light on countermeasures that have remained rather reactive till today, and voices of expectations are raised among those who have been tackling on Onihitode issue.

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Diving Tourism Expected to Flourish


Since 2012, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) started a countermeasure against outbreaks of Onihitode (demon starfish) which devours coral reefs.  By checking the distribution of baby Onihitode, prediction of their outbreak time and place has been made to prevent their outbreaks.

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OIST Zebrafish Retina is an eye-catcher for international news!

The new story from the Developmental Neurobiology Unit, published in Scientific Reports, about the investigation of human blindness using the zebrafish model has been picked by international news!

You can read more about the story here.

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Satoh Unit's Nature Paper on a Coral Reef Predator at the Forefront of Media Attention!

Satoh Unit's recent research result published in Nature (April 5 online, April 13 printed magazine) is covered by many media outlets in Japan and the world.

Read more about the story: "Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator"

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OIST Science Trip in Yaeyama: NHK news

OIST takes its scientists to inspire kids live in remote islands in Okinawa a few times a year. 

Last weekend, a science program "OIST Science Trip" was held in Ishigaki and Kohama islands. Dr. Casey Galvin (Shen Unit) and a special guest Dr. Yuko Kakazu, Outreach Specialist of Subaru Telescope, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan along with OIST Community Relations Section's staff gave school children some science talks and an interactive activity. 

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Balls of Steel

Researchers in the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit analyze the stability of chains of magnetic balls under the influence of gravity, giving insight into unstretchable materials used in architecture. You can read more about it in the news article "To Buckle or Not to Buckle'. 

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