Year Event
2019 We demonstrated the critical role of the superior colliculus to pulvinar pathway in blindsight by pathway-selective manipulation technique and published the results in Nature Communications (Kinoshita et al. Nat Comm).
2018 A project assistant professor, Norihiro Takakuwa received the Tokizane Young Investigator Award.
The proposal from Kyoto University to WPI Program was approved and Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology was launched, where Tadashi Isa was assigned as the Vice Director.
2017 Tadashi Isa was assigned as the President of Japan Neuroscience Society.
Yukio Nishimura promoted to the Project Leader of Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Sciences.
Our proposal to the Strategic Research Program of Brain Sciences (SRPBC) “Decision Making” was approved.
Our proposal to JST/CREST “Optobio” was approved.
2016 We moved our laboratory to Kyoto University.
2015 Tadashi Isa moved from NIPS to Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.
We demonstrated the function of nucleus accumbens during the recovery form spinal cord injury (Sawada et al. Science, 2015).
Yukio Nishimura received the 12th JSPS Award.
2014 Tadashi Isa talked in the Special Lecture of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC. The title was “The brain is needed to cure spinal cord injury”.
Tadashi Isa received the Kakenhi Kiban (S) for the third time.
2013 Tadashi Isa received the MEXT Minister Award for Science and technology with Kazuto Kobayashi of Fukushima Medical University and Dai Watanabe of Kyoto University.
A PhD student, Kenji Kato, received the SOKENDAI President Award.
A project assistant professor, Masaharu Kinoshita received the Young Investigator Award of National Institutes of Natural Sciences.
Yukio Nishimura published on the paper on the technology of “artificial neural connection” (in Frontiers in Neural Circuits) and received the Innovative Technologies 2013 special Award from the MITI.
2012 Yukio Nishimura received the Young Investigator Award from the Minister of MEXT.
We succeed in developing the double infection technique of viral vectors for pathway-selective and reversible manipulation technique and regulating the behavior in macaque monkeys for the first time in the world (Kinoshita et al. Nature 2012).
2011 We organized the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scientific Study of Consciousness (Tadashi Isa served as the Program Committee Chair).
Yukio Nishimura received the Young Investigator Award of Japan Physiological Society.
2010 Tadashi Isa talked in the Special Lecture of FENS Forum held in Amsterdam.
Yukio Nishimura received the Young Investigator Award of Japan Neuroscience Society.
2009 Tadashi Isa served as the president of the 32rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society.
Kasuhiko Seki, an assistant professor, promoted to the group leader of the National Institute for Neurology and Psychiatry.
2008 Our proposal to the Strategic Research Program of Brain Sciences by MEXT, Program C "Development of creative animal models" was approved and Tadashi Isa became the head of the team.
2007 We demonstrated the existence of inhibitory pathway from the intermediate to superificial layer of the superior colliculus and published the paper entitled "Identity of a pathway for saccadic suppression" in PNAS.
We clarified the change in the cortical activity during the recovery from spinal cord injury, and its contribution to recovery and published the results in Science.
2006 Tadashi Isa received the 20th Tsukahara Nakaakira Memorial Prize from the Brain Science Foundation. The title was "Motor control circuits; structure, function and recovery from damage"..
2005 Tadashi Isa’s proposal to HFSP entitled “Neural substrate of bottom-up and top-down attentional integration” with Doug Munoz, Jan Theeuwes and Laurent Itti was approved.
2004 We organized the NIPS International Symposium entitled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sensorimotor Integration” (totally 220 participants including 27 from abroad).
We demonstrated that dexterous hand movements can recover after lesion of the corticospinal tract in monkeys (Sasaki et al. J Neurophysiol.)
Tadashi Isa participated in the program advisory committee of the 93rd Dahlem Conference entitled “Microcircuits; the interface between neurons and global brain function” held in Berlin.
Tadashi Isa’s proposal to CREST, JST “Elucidating the mechanism of brain development and learning” was approved.
2002 We demonstrated that neurons in the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus in the monkeys exhibit motivation-related sustained activity (Kobayashi et al. J Neurophysiol).
We organized an international workshop entitled “Cognitive Impact on Sensory Motor Integration” in NIPS.
Proposal to the National Bio-resource Project “Nihonzaru” (NBR) by Tadashi Isa as PI was approved by MEXT. NBR was launched in NIPS as the primary Institution.
2001 The research proposal by Tadashi Isa was accepted by the Kiban (S) of Kakenhi Gant from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (acceptance rate was 2%).
2000 The research project entitled "Premotoneuronal interaction between descending pathways; the C3-C4 propriospinal system and reaching" proposed by Tadashi Isa as PI, was accepted by Human Frontier Science Program.
1999 We demonstrated the existence of disynaptic pyramidal pathway to spinal motoneurons via propsiospinal neurpns in macaque monkeys (Alstermark et al. J Neurophysiol.)
We demonstrated that injection of nicotine into the superior colliculus (SC) of monkeys enhanced occurrence of express saccades by facilitation of the SC’S interlaminar pathway (Aizawa et al. J Neurophysiol.)
1998 We demonstrated the exstence of vertical interlaminar connection in the superior colliculus (Isa et al. J Neurosci 1998).
1996 Isa Lab started in the National Institute for Physiological Sciences.
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