A message from the Director

Our discovery of the neuropeptide orexin and its prominent role in sleep/wakefulness regulation has generated a highly active research field in the neurobiology of sleep and metabolism. However, the fundamental governing principle for the regulation of sleep pressure, e.g., the question of what is the neural substrate for “sleepiness,” remains a mystery. We focus on sleep neurobiology, and aim to solve one of the biggest black boxes of today’s neuroscience.

We create a new U.S.-style “department” for premiere sleep research by learning from the merits of the U.S. academic systems and organizations while retaining the merits of the Japanese tradition, based on my own 20-plus-year experience in the U.S. This institute will provide a scientific culture and environment that strongly encourages all its members, regardless of career stage, to initiate truly interesting studies.

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