Q1. What does the research for development of animal models mean？
Since a long time ago, invention of the animal models for neurological and psychiatric diseases has been a challenge for our department. Currently, our research field is not limited to development of animal models but also we have been developing our research in diverse directions. We now mainly focus on the project for elucidating the mechanism of sensory-motor transformation at a cellular level by using the primates as a model.
Q2. Is it possible to acquire a Ph.D while doing a research at NCNP ?
Our institute has established partnerships with some universities which enables the student researchers of NCNP to obtain a degree at the universities. If you are interested in, please contact us.
Q3. Can I participate in a research at NCNP as a postdoctoral fellow？
It depends on our budget or state of progress of our projects. Basically we use this website to recruit new members, however those who want to join our laboratory, please contact Director Seki. Especially those who are planning to apply for Research Fellowship for Young Science of JSPS are welcome.
Q4. Is it possible for researchers in a different field/university students to join in a research group at NCNP?
It is possible for you to get a post as a researcher or an apprentice researcher other than the partnership with universities above mentioned even if you are not familiar with our research.
Motion contorol is the truly interdisciplinary research area. In many cases, research collaboration is needed among other areas such as physiology, biology, medical science, engineering and so on. Thus, the researchers in different fields are welcome to our laboratory.
Q5. What about researchers who have no research experiences on a monkey ?
The results of neuroscience study for primates are valuable, and we think it worthwhile to do this research. It requires your efforts to conduct this kind of research by yourself. However, if you are motivated and have a strong interest in this research area, we are ready to guide you from the beginning. Also, we are going to research on rodent and human subject.
Q6. What is Motor Control research society？
Director Seki has been participating in operation of this research society since he worked for National Institute for Physiolosical Sciences. More than 100 researchers get together in Okazaki and have close relationships with each other.
It is hold in May or June every year. Please join us !!
Q7. How do we deal with experiment animals ?
The only way to elucidate the mechanism of psychiatric function at a cellular level is use of the experimental animals. In order to understand the highly developed function that are represented in the exercise of the hand of human and non-human primates, study for monkeys is necessary. Thus we conduct our research with due respect for experimental animals based on the principles of the 3Rs(Replacement, Refinement and Reduction).