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Kanazawa, Japan

Plans are well underway for ICIS 2017 to be held in Kanazawa from 28 October 28 to 2 November. The organizing committee for the 2017 meeting includes Kouji Matsushima (University of Tokyo), Akihiko Yoshimura (Keio University), Yoichiro Iwakura (Tokyo University of Science), and Takashi Fujita (Kyoto University). Working with a scientific advisory committee composed of investigators selected from global academia and industry, an outstanding program is planned.

The opening Keynote lectures will be delivered by three eminent investigators: Dr Tadamitsu Kishimoto (Osaka University), Dr Richard Flavell (Yale University), and Dr Nancy C Reich (Stony Brook University). These three speakers will provide an excellent overview of the present status and future directions in the field of cytokine research.

Each morning the meeting will begin with an exciting Keynote Lecture, followed by a symposium on topics including innate immunity, autoimmunity, chronic inflammation, and tumor immunity. At noon, delicious lunch boxes will be served during lunch-time lectures. Workshops in the afternoon will cover a wide variety of topics from bench to bedside, such as cytokine-mediated signal transduction, the roles of cytokines in various physiological and pathological conditions, and anti-cytokine therapy. Four evening symposia will be held covering infection, eosinophil-mediated pathologies, rheumatoid arthritis, and chemokines. In addition, two special evening symposia will be held with the goal of promoting research by female investigators and by investigators in the Pacific Ocean Rim and the Middle East regions. In the evenings, free wine and cheese will be served at the poster viewing sites to promote active discussion and networking amongst all participants, from graduate students to senior faculty as well as representatives from biotech, pharma and scientific journals.

There will also be multiple open speaker slots for selected abstracts in the Workshops.


The venue of ICIS2017, the Ishikawa Ongakudo and the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel, is one minute walk from Kanazawa station, where more than 25 bullet trains from Tokyo and 25 express trains from Osaka arrive punctually every day. Both journeys take around 2.5 hours. There are various types of hotels within walking distance of the venue. Please see the conference website for reservation information.

Kanazawa is a castle town that was spared from wartime devastation and natural disasters, meaning it retains beautiful Japanese-style gardens such as Kenroku-en and historical areas consisting of old Japanese-style houses. Meeting participants will be able to visit these sites from the venue on foot. Kanazawa is also well known for its gastronomic culture with abundant and delicious seafood and fresh produce. There are many excellent sushi shops and traditional Japanese restaurants within the walking distance of the meeting venue.

ICIS is offering many prizes and travel awards for trainees and junior faculty. In addition, the organizing committee for ICIS2017 is also offering Kishimoto Travel Awards for young investigators, in commemoration of Dr Tadamitsu Kishimoto’s brilliant contribution to the field of cytokine research. There will be 20 domestic awardees in total to receive a prize of 50,000JPY as a support to participate in the congress.

Early Bird Registration has been open and can be registered at any time before 25 July through our website:

**Call for Abstracts**
Abstract submission has been also open and the deadline is 26th June, Monday. Please visit the congress website for submission:

Accommodation during the congress period can be reserved through the ICIS2017 official travel agency, JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc., via the hotel reservation website. Please visit our website for more information:

Please be aware that the city during the congress period will be very busy and the most accommodation would be fully booked. We strongly recommend you to reserve a room at your earliest convenience.

Please contact the congress secretariat at for any enquiries.
Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to your active participation to the ICIS2017.

President: Kouji Matsushima (The University of Tokyo)

Honorary President: Tadamitsu Kishimoto (Osaka University)

Vice President: Yoichiro Iwakura (Tokyo University of Science) , Takashi Fujita (Kyoto University) , Shuichi Kaneko (Kanazawa University)

Program Chair: Akihiko Yoshimura (Keio University)

Secretary General: Naofumi Mukaida (Kanazawa University)

2017-03-27 2017-11-02

Exploring and Emulating the Brain
We will learn how to decipher the workings of the brain by integrating the knowledge obtained from experimental, theoretical, and engineering (AI) approaches.


【Plan A】Internship and Lecture Course, June 7 - August 2, 2017

【Plan B】Lecture Course, July 10 . 14, 2017
(We will accept 15 interns for the Internship and Lecture Course (Plan A) and 30 participants for the Lecture Course (Plan B)).

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2017

Yoshua Bengio, University of Montreal
Terrence Sejnowski, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Xiao-Jing Wang, New York University
Olaf Sporns, Indiana University
Shinji Nishimoto, CiNet
Nuo Li, Baylor College of Medicine
Akinao Nose, The University of Tokyo
Katherine Nagel, New York University
David Schoppik, New York University
Shun-ichi Amari, Riken BSI
Joshua P. Johansen, Riken BSI

RIKEN BSI Summer Program 2017 Organizing Committee:
Hokto Kazama
Taro Toyoizumi
Toshihiko Hosoya
Andrea Benucci
Hitoshi Okamoto

For more information and applications, visit our website:

2017-01-05 2017-08-02

We are pleased to announce that the CDB Symposium 2017 will be held as follows:

Theme: Towards Understanding Human Development, Heredity, and Evolutiony

Date: March 27 (Mon.) – 29 (Wed.), 2017

Venue: RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), Kobe, Japan

Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

Participation fee: FREE (Lunch and Banquet fee required separately - optional)

Lunch: 3,000 JPY (3 days)

Banquet: 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)


Recent advances in technologies, including stem cell culture, live imaging, single cell approaches, next generation sequencing, and genome editing, have lead to an unprecedented expansion in our knowledge on human development and heredity. Comparative studies between humans and other mammals have also shed light on evolutionary processes, and in turn provided critical insights into the mechanisms for key diseased states. Given this exciting progress and promising prospects in the relevant fields, we consider it highly important and timely to discuss our current understanding of human development, heredity, and evolution, and to explore the possibilities that have opened up to reconstitute such processes in vitro using pluripotent stem cells and other stem cells. In this context, we would like to cover a broad range of highly relevant topics in the 2017 CDB symposium, including human germline development, early embryogenesis, organogenesis from stem cells and relevant disease models, as well as human genetics and evolution. We hope that this Symposium will be a great opportunity to synthesize our current knowledge and open up future prospects in these areas.

The program of the 2017 CDB Symposium will feature presentations covering a broad range of topics, including (1) Germline/Early embryogenesis, (2) Epigenetics/Chromatic regulation, (3) Organogenesis from hPSCs/hSCs/Disease models, (4) Human Genetics/Evolution.

We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many scientists to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. A limited number of travel fellowships for graduate students and post-docs traveling to Japan will also be available.

We look forward to seeing you in Kobe, Japan in March 2017.

RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB)
CDB Meeting Coordinators
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
TEL:+81-78-306-3010 / FAX:+81-78-306-3090

2016-11-08 2017-03-29