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Date & Time: July 2, 2021 (Friday) 12:00-13:00

Zoom-based online seminar

Speaker: Kazuhiro Nagata, PhD
Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and Kyoto Sangyo University

Organizer: Professor Guojun Sheng (IRCMS)

* English as medium of seminar

* Anyone who wants to join is welcome.
(Include those who are from outside of the University)

2021-06-14 2021-07-02

Date: June 22, 2021 / 16:00-17:30 JST



16:00–16:10: Welcome
Prof. Nobuhito Saito, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Maria Leptin, Director, EMBO, Germany

16:10–16:40: Auxin-inducible protein degradation unravels lipid trafficking routes
Prof. Elina Ikonen, Professor, Department of Anatomy, Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program, University of Helsinki, Finland

16:40–16:50: Q&A session
Moderated by Dr. Yusuke Hirabayashi, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Tokyo, Japan

16:50–17:20: Organelle degradation by autophagy-dependent and independent pathways
Prof. Noboru Mizushima, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate School and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan

17:20–17:30: Q&A session
Moderated by Dr. Yusuke Hirabayashi

"Auxin-inducible protein degradation unravels lipid trafficking routes"
(Prof. Elina Ikonen)
We are investigating machineries that are responsible for redistributing lipoprotein-derived lipids between subcellular membrane compartments and to lipid droplets for storage. We are also studying how lipid droplets are generated at distinct sites in the endoplasmic reticulum, controlled by specific proteins implicated in lipid droplet formation, regulation of ER morphology and lipid fluxes. We are taking advantage of a system recently developed by us for rapid inducible degradation of endogenous proteins, in combination with live cell imaging, correlative light electron microscopy, and lipid analyses. This strategy is powerful for studying rapidly adapting processes, such as lipid transport and metabolism, that typically harness compensatory routes.

"Organelle degradation by autophagy-dependent and independent pathways"
(Prof. Noboru Mizushima)
Autophagy is a major degradation system in the cell and is important for various cellular processes such as starvation adaptation and intracellular quality control. Intracellular components including organelles are sequestered by autophagosomes and then degraded upon fusion with lysosomes. However, we recently found that organelles can be degraded in a manner that is independent of autophagy. In eye lenses, cells undergo massive degradation of all organelles during terminal differentiation even in autophagy-deficient mice. Using zebrafish and mice, we revealed that PLAAT (phospholipase A and acyltransferase) family phospholipases, which are highly expressed in the lens, are essential for the degradation of lens organelles such as the ER, mitochondria, and lysosomes.

2021-06-02 2021-06-22

Date & Time: June 11, 2021 (Friday) 12:00-13:00
* It will be a Zoom-based online seminar.

Yoh-suke Mukouyama, PhD
Senior Investigator, NHLBI/NIH (Visiting Professor, IRCMS)

Organizer: Professor Guojun Sheng (IRCMS)

※ English as medium of seminar

※ Anyone who wants to join is welcome.
(Include those who are from outside of the University)

2021-05-18 2021-06-11

Please join the seminar to get useful tips how to effectively share your research articles globally by using "EurekAlert!". EurekAlert! is the world's largest science news platform operated by AAAS.
We honorably invite Mr Brian Lin as guest speaker for this seminar. He is one of the world-leading science communicators with over 20 years' experience. After leading the media training program at the University of British Columbia in Canada, he moved to EurekAlert in 2014, where he currently oversees editorial content strategy. Since his arrival, he has successfully tripled the number of visitors to EurekAlert!.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Time: 10:00AM–11:00AM
Venue: Zoom Online Meeting
Language: English (also accept Japanese for the question)
*This is held as a part of the “ASHBi Research Acceleration Program” series. If you are interested in this series, Please visit here.

1. Introducing EurekAlert!
2. Academic writing vs press writing
3. Storytelling techniques and images/video
4. Basic flow of news release preparation

[Guest Speaker]
Brian Lin (Director, AAAS' EurekAlert!)

Tomoki Shimizu (Junior Associate Professor, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (WPI ASHBi))

Researchers and university students

Pre-registered participants only
Registration Form (Google Form)
Zoom URL will be sent to registered participants

ASHBi Research Acceleration Unit

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2021-05-17 2021-06-25

Date: February 19 – 23, 2022

Venue: San Francisco, CA

2021-04-06 2022-02-23

Lecture Schedule: June 28- July 2, 2021
Application deadline: March 5, 2021 (23:59JST)

Summer Program 2021 Overview
The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. The course consists of an intensive 5-day lecture series featuring distinguished international faculty and a poster session to be put on by the program participants. These two components are equally important for the students to deepen their insight and enhance their expertise in neuroscience. While the lectures serve to introduce them to cutting-edge research being carried out throughout the world, the student poster session allows them to experience the work of their colleagues and share their own research. We encourage the students to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered by this program to broaden the horizons of their research.

Attendees come from wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Because of the uncertainty related to travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be offered in a hybrid format in which students and lecturers can attend virtually or in-person. However, there is a possibility that the meeting will be entirely virtual if travel remains difficult. We will assess the situation in March and make a final decision about whether some participants can attend in person (hybrid) or whether the meeting will be completely virtual. Regardless, we will use every tool at our disposal to make this an interactive, engaging and rewarding experience for all participants.

For students who are able to enter the country for on-site participation, RIKEN CBS will provide funding for travel and accommodation if they do not have existing financial support.

2021-01-28 2021-07-02