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Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, JAPAN
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Section List
Evolutionary Morphology"The section aims to elucidate the evolutionary processes and diversity of such morphological traits as encephalization, hominoidization, the development of specialized locomotor styles such as bipedalism, functional adaptation of sensory organs, ontogeny process, using a wide encompassing multidisciplinary approach."
Systematics and Phylogeny"To understand the process of primate evolution, we take a multidisciplinary approach in the investigation of the morphology and distribution of living and fossil primates, taking into account of the effects of regional and global environmental changes."
Ecology and Conservation"We conduct fieldwork in Japan, Africa, and Southeast Asia to study population dynamics, feeding and behavioral ecology of wild primates and the effect of environmental factors on them. We also study the interactions between primates and other living things and primate conservation ecology."
Social Systems EvolutionThis section conducts research in Africa and Asia on wild primate populations in order to elucidate the processes of evolution of social systems and hominization using behavioral and ecological methodologies.
Language and Intelligence"This section aims to explore higher cognitive functions in apes, especially in chimpanzees. The approach of comparative cognitive science will lead us to understand human language and intelligence from an evolutionary perspective."
Cognition and Learning"The aim of our research is to understand the evolutionary origins and mechanisms of human cognitive function, social behavior, communications, and their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders, using an interdisciplinary approach including cognitive science, comparative psychology, neuropsychopharmacology, and social genomics in both humans and non-human primates. "
Cognitive Neuroscience"The section aims at understanding brain mechanisms underlying emotion, memory, perception, and communication. We are analyzing single neuron activity, neural connections, and effects of various molecules on behavior. We also conduct human brain imaging studies."
Systems Neuroscience"This section aims at elucidating how a variety of nerve cells in the primate brain construct neural networks to achieve higher functions, such as motor control and cognitive behavior, and what mechanisms underlie these functions, by means of multidisciplinary approaches (anatomy, physiology, molecular biology etc.) in combination with the cutting-edge ""in vivo gene transfer"" technique. "
Molecular Biology"We investigate the following items in primates using genomes, genes, and proteins.1) Evolution based on segmental DNA and chromosomes.2) Evolution of sensory function of vision, olfaction, and taste etc.3) Evolutional biology/medicine with iPS cells and primate developmental biology.
Cellular Biology"We engage in cellular biology such as the following research themes. (1) Changes in the structure and function of chromosomes in human evolution(2) Conservation of biological diversity using developmental engineering techniques(3) Conservation breeding by endocrinological, ethological, and cytological approaches in endangered animals "
Center for Human Evolution Modeling Research"We conduct multidisciplinary primate research including infectious diseases, medicine and welfare, and conservation genetics. The Center is also responsible for breeding and raising, health control, and animal welfare for all primate species in PRI."
CICASP"The Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology (CICASP) promotes internationalization at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute (PRI) through its research and educational activities. CICASP is dedicated to the recruitment of international students, the facilitation and support of international collaborations, and the education and encouragement of students to become leaders in their respective international scientific communities."
Hominoid Cognition Project
Long-term Field Study Project
Chimpanzee StudiesThe Department aims to study the evolutionary foundation of human nature by examining the cognitive functions of chimpanzees in terms of Comparative Cognitive Science and Ethology.
Wildlife ScienceThe Department aims to create a new discipline called Wildlife Science by combining Life science and other various approaches with the fieldworkof the endangered animals.

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