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OUS Research projects

The Grant for the Promotion of OUS Research Projects is a competitive grant among OUS researchers that seeks to generate the innovative research and promote the connection among various research fields. The research period of this grant is set at two years.

Nine projects ongoing in 2016-2017

Development of technology to fabricate a huge engineered muscular tissue for regenerative medicine

Recent progress in implantations of differentiated cells, pluripotent stems cells, or cell sheets into non-functioning tissues suggests that the irreversible loss of viable cells can be at least partly substituted. Thick muscular tissue grafts are required to improve the loss of muscular tissues by such as an accident.

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Biological data collection of Mary (Asian elephant at Ikeda Zoo, Okayama)

This project aims to prepare a reconstructed cast model of the large animal whole body skeleton, and using its characteristics to link to research of a higher quality and activities for spread of educational information in the public. At the same time, we could achieve social contribution via realization of the citizens’ and visitors’ wish not to forget Mary in whatever way.

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Understanding the customers’ experiences of fashion

The purpose of this research is to examine how customer’s experiences and value-in-context have been formed in his or her own world. As the experiences are based on previous, current and future experiences (Helkkula et al., 2012; Heinonen et al., 2010), we approach the customer’s experience from a longitudinal perspective. 

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Research and development of ecosystem for next generation electric vehicles

To prevent global warming and energy problems and realize the safety and comfortable drive, components for next generation electric vehicles (EV) are produced experimentally by our project. The features of the components are in-wheel motors with built-in SiC inverters, DC/DC converters for waste heat generators, wireless power supplies, superconducting motors and image sensor based visible light communications. 

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Syntheses of fluorescent sensing molecules and their applications to biochemistry

Our mission is to develop new fluorescent materials which serve as sensors of biochemical receptor and physical stimuli and to apply these materials to medicinal, pharmaceutical and biochemical researches. 

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Ecological research of finless porpoise inhabiting the Seto Inland Sea

Although the Seto Inland Sea is a shallow semi-closed sea, the finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, which is smallest dolphin in the world, distributed there. Because the dolphins do not have a dorsal fin and are not noticeable, their ecology is hard to investigate. Therefore, we set two acoustic data logger under the water near the Maejima Island, Okayama, recorded the dolphin’s voice, and tried to predict ecology by their data. 

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Establishment of a hyper-hybrid skin model for regenerative medicine

The skin has a complex tissue architecture composed of a large variety of cell types of ectodermal and mesodermal origins. Most of these cells are produced from corresponding progenitor/stem cells by tightly regulated mechanisms. In our previous studies, we have demonstrated the utility of in vivo skin reconstitution assay using skin progenitor cells. Additionally, we have generated three-dimensional skin tissue buds by autonomous condensation of inoculated cells in vitro. 

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Study on the pottery production in the ancient times: focus on the Bizen-Oku old kiln complex

Archaeometric studies, geochemical analyses and paleomagnetism, have been done also as well as the archaeological researches. Our goal is to reveal the complete picture of the Oku old kiln complex including Sayama kilns, with integration of cutting edge method of the archaeology, archaeometry, and other sciences. 

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OUS international research project on Mongolian dinosaurs

Precise age determination of dinosaur bearing beds in Mongolia is the first theme of the project. Hence, in order to determine the deposition age in detail, we are going to conduct U-Pb radioisotope analysis by using laser-ablation inductivity coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). 

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