BRIMS forms collaborative ties with the University of TOYAMA, Japan

The Brain Research Institute Monash University Sunway (BRIMS) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia has signed an Academic Exchange Agreement with the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, University of Toyama, Japan, to embark on a collaborative research project Professor Ishwar S. Parhar, the Director of BRIMS remarked that with this agreement, both institutions will support the following academic exchange and research initiatives:

  1. Exchange of academic and technical staff
  2. Cooperative research
  3. Exchange of students
  4. Exchange of academic materials, publications, and information
  5. Other items subsequently agreed by both institutions


Signing ceremony for academic exchange at the University of Toyama (UT), Japan on
20th July 2016.

(From left to right) Prof. Kouhei Matsuda (Main coordinator of the project, UT),
Prof. Masayuki Ikeda (Main co-coordinator of the project, UT), Prof. Yuukou Horita
(Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering for education, UT), Prof. Syogo
Nakamura (Dean, Graduate School of Science and Engineering School of Medicine
and Health Sciences for Research, UT) Prof. Ishwar S. Parhar (Director of BRIMS,
Monash University Malaysia) and Assoc Prof. Tomoko Soga (Coordinator of the project, BRIMS, Monash University, Malaysia).

Several common research interests between the two institutions have been identified, in which they are related to functions of neuropeptides, non-visual photoreceptors, metal toxicity and circadian rhythmicity in the brain. As part of the on-going collaboration, University of Toyama has previously organized an International symposium “Recent Update in Research on the Brain and Behaviour” in 2015 and “Asian Network for Neuroscience“ in 2016. BRIMS academic staff also delivered lectures at these symposiums.

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