Centers & Labs

RIKEN Brain Science Institute

Neuroinformatics Japan Center

Director: Yoko Yamaguchi (Ph.D.)
Yoko  Yamaguchi(Ph.D.)

Standing at the intersection of neuroscience and information science, the field of neuroinformatics develops the tools to house, share and analyze neuroscientific data, and to create computational models of brain. As a national node of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), the Neuroinformamtics Japan Center (NIJC) was established to organize neuroinformatics research activities and international cooperation in Japan. NIJC supports researchers developing and maintaining neuroscience databases in collaboration with the nation-wide brain science research institutions/universities, provides a portal for these databases and Neuroinformatics, and is designing and operating the infrastructure for Neuroinformatics. It is also developing database technologies, and facilitates cooperation and distribution of the information stored in those databases.

Main Research Field

Complex systems

Related Research Fields

Informatics / Interdisciplinary science and engineering / Mathematical and physical sciences / Biological Sciences


  • Neuroionformatics
  • Open Science
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Brain Dynamics
  • Data Driven Brain Science

Selected Publications

  1. Yamaguchi Y.:
    "Integration of Neuroinformatics Platforms in INCF Japan Node"
    Advances in Neuroinformatics IV, pp 26 (2017).. DOI:10.14931/aini2016.osiv.3
  2. Matsuda T., Kitajo K., , Yamaguchi Y., Komak F.:
    "A point process modeling approach for investigating the effect of online brain activity on perceptual switching"
    NeuroImage 152 50-59 (2017).
  3. Akiyama M., Tero A., Kawasaki M., Nishiura Y., Yamaguchi Y.:
    "Theta-alpha EEG phase distributions in the frontal area for dissociation of visual and auditory working memory"
    Scientific Reports 7, 42776 (2017).
  4. Morii Y., Okumura Y., Maeda M., Woodward A., Morita M., Yokota H., Yamaguchi Y.:
    "Neuroinformatics Platform for Data Sharing and Global Collaboration in the Brain/MINDS Projec"
    Frontiers in neyroscience 9, (2015). DOI: 10.3389/conf.fnins.2015.91.00057
  5. Okano H., Sasaki E., Yamamori T., Iriki A., Shimogori T., Yamaguchi Y., Kasa K.i, Miyawaki A.:
    "Brain/MINDS: A Japanese National Brain Project for Marmoset Neuroscience"
    Neuron 92(3), p582-590 (2016). DOI:
  6. Hosaka R., Nakajima T. , Aihara K., Yamaguchi Y., Mushiake H.:
    "The supressin of beta oscillations in the primate suppelementary motor complex reflects a volatile state during the updating of action sequences"
    Cerebral Cortex 26(8) 3442-3452 (2016).
  7. Mizuhara H., Sato N., Yamaguchi Y.:
    "Cortical netowrks dynamically emerge with the interplay of slow and fast oscillations for memory of a natural scene"
    NeeuroImage 111, 76-84 (2015).
  8. Woodward A., Hashikawa T., Maeda M., Yamaguchi Y.:
    "3D Image Registration Techniques for Multi-modal 3D Brain Atlas Construction"
    Advances in Neuroinformatics III (2015).
  9. Tsuda I.,Yamaguchi Y., Hashimoto T., Okuda J., Kawasaki M., Nagasaka Y.:
    "Study of the neural dynamics for understanding communication in terms of complex hetero systems"
    Neuroscience research Volume 90 Pages 51–55 (2015).
  10. Nakatani H., Yamaguchi Y.:
    "Quick concurrent responses to global and local cognitive information underlie intuitive understanding in board-game experts"
    Scientific Reports 4 (2014).

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Yoko Yamaguchi

Core Members

Alexander Woodward
Research Scientist
Rui Gong
Research Scientist
Shiro Usui
Research Consultant
Yoshihiro Okumura
Technical Staff I
Musashi Imaizumi
Technical Staff I
Noriyuki Hayashi
Technical Staff I
Takashi Tajima
Technical Staff I
Sawako Suenaga
Technical Staff I
Yoko Morii
Technical Staff I
Masahide Maeda
Technical Staff I
Kaoru Suzuki
Technical Staff I
Itsuko Ishii
Technical Staff Ⅱ
Ayumi Honda
Technical Staff II