Akita University was established in 1949 by the merger of Akita Normal School (established in 1878), Akita Mining College (established in 1910) and the Akita Youth Normal School (established in 1944).
The university initially offered degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences and in Mining Engineering. In 1965, a graduate studies program in mining engineering was established. In 1967, Akita University established a Department of Education, followed in 1970 by a Medical School and University Hospital in 1971. A graduate program in medicine was established in 1976, and a graduate program in Education in 1989. A College of Medical Sciences was also established in 1989.
A breakthrough in cell research may pave the way for treatments which stop cancer spreading through the body.
Scientists at British universities have worked out for the first time how cells are able to migrate from organ to organ.
The new research, spearheaded by biologists at University College London, could transform the way cancer is treated.
Crucially, the discovery has enabled scientists to work out how to block the movement of cells.
It means that aggressive cancer, which can quickly advance away from a primary tumour, might in the future be effectively frozen and isolated as soon as it is detected.