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We are delighted to announce that we will hold the ITMAT Kyoto University International Symposium entitled “Biology of Human Diseases Comes of Age” at the Kyoto University. This symposium, delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is held in collaboration with the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

This symposium is the first time that the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine will hold its international symposium on translational research in Asia. It was originally scheduled to be held in 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are finally in a situation where we can hold an international symposium face-to-face, and we are looking forward to it.

The meeting will provide ample opportunity for discussion and interaction with the speakers and the broad topical palate makes it likely that all attendees will be challenged by novel concepts, approaches, and technologies.

We are delighted that this important meeting will take place in the august setting of the University of Kyoto and welcome you to come and join us in Kyoto at such a wonderful time of the year.

Dates: Sunday and Monday, March 10-11, 2024

Venue: Kyoto University Shirankaikan, Inamori Hall & Yamauchi Hall *Advance Registration required.

Fees: Symposium: Free, Reception: 5,000 JPY

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2024 (Japan Standard Time)

Shuh Narumiya (Professor, Department of Drug Discovery Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)
Masatoshi Hagiwara (Professor, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)
Tadashi Isa (Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University)
Garret A. FitzGerald (Director, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) , University of Pennsylvania)

ITMAT Kyoto University International Symposium Secretariat
E-mail: itmat_kyoto* (Replace [*] to [@])

2024-01-19 2024-03-11

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ELSI Annual Public Lecture 2024 will be held on Wednesday, 1 February 2024. The theme of the lecture is ‘A Mission to Earth’, and the event will feature ELSI’s Associate Professor Shawn McGlynn and Mayumi Seto, Assistant Professor of Nara Women’s University. The first lecture will be in English, and the second is in Japanese. There will be a simultaneous interpretation. This event is on-site event and there will be no live streaming.

Date and time: Thursday, 1 February 2024, 19:00-20:50 (Doors open at 18:30)

Venue: Multi-Purpose Digital Hall, Ookayama West Bldg. 9, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Ookayama station, Tokyu Line, 3 min. walk)

Organiser: Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology

Lectures and lecturers:

Lecture 1: How much do we really know about life on Earth?
Shawn McGlynn, Associate Professor, ELSI

Lecture 2: How does life connect cell and Earth energy?
Mayumi Seto (Assistant Professor, Nara Women’s University)

Moderator: Naohiro Terasaka (Specially Appointed Associate Professor, ELSI)

Language: English/Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation)

Fee: Free

Registration: Prior registration is required. Capacity at 300 people.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, 31 January 2024 (*The application will be closed when the number of applicants reaches 300)

Contact: pr[at] *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails

2023-12-20 2024-02-01

We are pleased to announce that the RIKEN BDR Symposium 2024 "Time Across Scales: Development, Homeostasis and Aging" will be held on March 4 to 6, 2024 at RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Kobe, Japan.

Biological phenomena consist of processes that have various temporal scales. For example, synthesis, localization, and degradation of macromolecules such as protein and RNA occur at the second-to-minute scale, supporting cellular events that function at the hour-to-day timescale. Then, the cellular events support the tissue function that is maintained at the month-to-year scale. In addition to the molecularly encoded fine mechanism that sustains life, each organism has its own unique lifespan, which is regulated by aging, the deteriorating process towards organismal death. Each biological event has its own unique “timer” that defines its pace, likely regulating the pace of events at different scales.

This symposium aims to bring together a wide range of scientists to discuss timer mechanisms and crosstalk of different timers that define the biological pace of development, homeostasis, and aging.

Topics will include:
(1) Developmental timing and tempo
(2) Dynamics in homeostasis
(3) Hallmarks and drivers of aging
(4) Time-defining mechanisms from molecules to organisms
(5) Technologies to dissect, predict, and manipulate time

We hope that this symposium will be a great opportunity to stimulate cross-disciplinary interactions and discussions that can open new avenues of life science studies. We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session for a lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

We look forward to welcoming you to our institute in March 2024.


Date: March 4 (Monday) – 6 (Wednesday), 2024

Venue: Kobe Campus, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Registration fee: FREE (Banquet and lunch fee required separately)


- Abstract submission for oral presentations
Friday, December 15, 2023 (Japan time)

- Abstract submission for poster presentations

- General registration
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (Japan time)

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Contact: RIKEN BDR Symposium 2023 Secretariat
E-mail: bdr-sympo2024[at] *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails

2023-11-09 2024-03-06