Research highlights

Research at Keio University’s many schools and centers cover a broad range of fields in the physical, natural and social sciences. The research highlights are a selection of informative and accessible articles that engage the wider public with some of the groundbreaking research at the university.

Using iron to accelerate organic synthesis

28 February 2018

A catalyst made from Earth-abundant iron can drive an important reaction for making organic compounds

Tardigrade genomes explain life on the extremes

31 January 2018

DNA analysis shows how water bears survive extreme conditions, yet leaves evolutionary origin unclear

Ancient antiviral response could help treat cancer

26 October 2017

A class of drugs can harness the power of the body’s immune system to fight diverse tumors

Digital 3D-fabrication technology for nursing and healthcare

26 October 2017

Innovative 3D-printed ‘caring-tools’ to enhance the quality of life of elderly people

Tarantula toxin reveals channel function

29 September 2017

Revelation of how a spider toxin binds to a membrane protein could lead to new drug therapies

Shaking up cell culture

29 September 2017

Mechanical vibrations offer a gentler way to detach cells from culture dishes

Drug helps blood vessels but leaves lurking cancer cells

31 August 2017

Drug cuts the supply lines to brain tumors but doesn’t eliminate cancer stem cells, which could explain resistance to the drug

Chromosomal chaos gives cancer a survival advantage

31 August 2017

Cancer cells adapt to genomic abnormalities by producing a protein that confers drug resistance

Born before their time

27 July 2017

‘Stuck’ brain cells in extremely premature babies lead to impairment in later life

Foreign investment boosts productivity at home

27 July 2017

Economic researchers dismiss growing concerns about the negative impact of globalization

Molecular jostling affects diffusion at cell membranes

29 June 2017

Dynamic interactions between proteins and lipids at cell membranes result in complex changes in diffusion rates

How 7-month-olds make sense of adult babble

25 May 2017

Japanese infants determine where words start and finish by employing a neural circuit attuned to speech sounds