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February 28, 2008

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

International Symposium
"Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Research - Frontier and Future -"
May 11th-12th, 2008, in Kyoto

Tokyo - Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will hold a special symposium "Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Research - Frontier and Future -".
In August 2006, a paper appeared that reported the induction of pluripotent stem cells from mouse fibroblast cultures by four defined factors. Professor Shinya Yamanaka, Kyoto University, named them induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. On November 20 2007, the generation of human iPS cells was simultaneously reported by Professor Yamanaka, and Professor James A. Thomson, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The successful cellular reprogramming implies not only the method of generating pluripotent stem cells without using embryos, but also promised a contribution to regenerative medicine, therapeutic cloning and more.
The symposium reviews the generation of mouse and human iPS cells, and stem cell research leaders in the world will present their latest findings and discuss the future development and the international cooperation of stem cell biology after the landmark discoveries of iPS cells.


May 11th (Sun) and May 12th (Mon), 2008
Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center (Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto606-0001, Japan)
[Organizing Committees]
Hiroo Imura (Principal Fellow of the Center for Research and Development Strategies (CRDS), JST) - Chair
Tasuku Honjo (Executive Member of Council of Science and Technology Policy of Japan)
Ichiro Kanazawa (President of the Science Council of Japan)
Tadamitsu Kishimoto (Professor of Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University)
Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Japan Cabinet's Special Adviser in charge of Science, Technology and Innovation)
Masatoshi Takeichi (Director of Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN)
[Organized by]
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
[In association with]
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Kyoto University
Cell Press
English and Japanese (with interpretation)
[Symposium Program]
The details will appear on the WEB site (http://www.ips2008.jst.go.jp) later.
To register please go to the WEB site (http://www.ips2008.jst.go.jp) from March 14th (Fri), 2008
[Seating Capacity]
1,200 Seats (First-come-first-served basis)
[Admission Fee]


Program of the Symposium


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