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Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, organizes an international symposium to promote the worldwide dissemination of its research results and to advance iPS cell research.

We will hold the CiRA International Symposium on November 6-8, 2017, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the discovery of human iPS cells. The topics of the symposium range from basic research on pluripotency and cutting-edge technologies to novel applications of stem cells.

All stem cell researchers and students are welcome and we would like to encourage you to present your work in the poster session.

Title: A decade of human iPSCs: From bench to bedside


Date: November 6-8, 2017

Venue: Miyakomesse (Kyoto, Japan)

Fee: Free (Advanced registration is required.)

Registration and Poster abstract submission: Please register at the website above.

Registration close: September 30, 2017

Poster abstract application close: August 10, 2017

Language: English

Organizer: Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University

Inquiries: Secretariat for the CiRA 2017 International Symposium


2017-07-13 2017-11-08

We are pleased to announce that the 29th CDB meeting "Mavericks, New Models in Developmental Biology" will be held on October 19 (Thu) and 20 (Fri), 2017 at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.

The program will include both oral and poster sessions. We encourage submission of abstracts for the poster session from scientists in various fields to increase opportunities for lively and exciting discussion. Several abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

For those travelling from abroad, a limited number of travel fellowships will be made available.

We look forward to your participation!

Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB)
CDB Meeting Office

2017-05-19 2017-10-20

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