The EHUB aims to create world-class knowledge by investigating the biological basis of human behavior and its evolution based on experimental studies of non-human primates, which are evolutionarily closely related to humans, and to make various proposals for human health, lifestyle, and human society based on this knowledge. The research will be based on the following principles The EHUB will contribute widely to the international research community by providing many researchers with opportunities for collaborative research, together with a wealth of experience and knowledge of primates research and many accumulated research resources. The EHUB will educate highly specialized personnel who can promote and develop the activities described in the aims, in the Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science.
The former Primate Research Institute (KUPRI) was established on June 1, 1967 to conduct comprehensive research on primates from various academic perspectives and to elucidate the origin and evolution of human nature. With the reorganization of the KUPRI, the Center for Evolutionary Origins of Human Behavior (EHUB) was established on April 1, 2022 as a new organization, mainly for brain science research, with the aim of investigating the biological basis of human behavioral characteristics and their evolution. The EHUB took over the three research sections and two affiliated facilities of the KUPRI. The EHUB will promote the development of human resources, succeeding to the role that the KUPRI has played as a cooperative course department of the Graduate School of Science to date.
The EHUB creates and provides high-quality resources to support experimental research on non-human primates in Japan, and as the core institution of the NBRP "Japanese Monkeys," it breeds 1,200 monkeys of seven species, including Japanese macaques that are bred in consideration of their natural condition. In addition, the EHUB houses more than 15,000 skeletal specimens, 6,000 molecular biological samples, and other materials used in various research fields. The EHUB is equipped with large-scale research equipment such as CT, MRI, and next-generation sequencers, as well as visitor accommodations, dormitories for domestic and international students, and an international joint research support system, forming an international and interdisciplinary center of education and research for the study of behavioral evolution in primates.