International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS), Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

The International Research Center for Medical Sciences (IRCMS) was established in 2015 as the center of excellence in Kumamoto University for world-class research in life sciences through the internationalization of its research environment and the establishment of global collaborations.

The Center features an open lab layout with few walls and partitions between labs to facilitate communication among scientists. A meeting lounge and an open cafe on the 1st floor support active, informal scientific exchange between researchers. English is the official language for all seminars and lab meetings to promote international scientific discourse.

4D morphological information of Arabidopsis thaliana cotyledon pavement cells mapped using both direct water immersion observations and computational image analyses, including segmentation, surface modeling, virtual reality and morphometry.

Mapping 4D cell models with VR

Plant researchers Takumi Higaki and Hidenobu Mizuno have developed a framework to map leaf pavement cells in 4D using AI software with VR equipment.
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