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Contact:

Kenji Matsuno
Department of Biological Sciences
Osaka University
1-1 Machikaneyama
Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043
JAPAN
TEL: +81-6-6850-5804

Program

Keynote Speakers:

Henry Sun
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Daisuke Yamamoto
Tohoku University, Japan

Sessions and Chairs

Session 1: Developmental mechanisms
Lolitika Mandal
(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
Yuko Shimada-Niwa
(Tsukuba University, Japan)
 
Session 2: Signal transduction and cell biology
Kieran Harvey
(Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia)
Shizue Osawa
(Kyoto University, Japan),
Sa Kan Yoo
(Riken, Japan)
Session 3: Physiology and metabolism
Chairsand Young-Joon Kim (Gwangju Inst. Sci. Tech, Korea)
Takashi Nishimura (Riken, Japan)
 
Session 4: Genetics, genomics, anad evolution
Chau-Ti Ting (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Hiroki Oda (JT BRH, Japan)
Yoshinori Tomoyasu
(Miami University, USA)
Session 5: Stem cells and Germ line
Hongyan Wang (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
Toshie Kai (Osaka University, Japan)
 
Session 6: Neurobiology
Zhefeng Gong (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China)
Azusa Kamikouchi (Nagoya University, Japan)
 

Program and Invited Speakers


May 8 (Monday)
Keynote lecture (1)
16:00-17:00
Henry Sun (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Session 1: Developmental mechanisms 17:00-19:30
Chairs: Yuko Shimada-Niwa (Tsukuba University, Japan) and Lolitika Mandal (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)

Lolitika Mandal (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
Irene Miguel-Aliaga (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Gut signaling and metabolism group, UK)
Erina Kuranaga (Tohoku University, Japan)
Yusuke Toyama (Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore)
Mohit Prasad (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India)
Kaoru Sugimura (Kyoto, University, Japan)
May 9 (Tuesday)
Session 2: Signal transduction and cell biology
9:00-11:30
Chairs: Shizue Osawa (Kyoto University, Japan), Sa Kan Yoo (Riken, Japan) and Kieran Harvey (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia)

Kieran Harvey (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia)
Nic Tapon (Francis Crick Institute, UK)
Lei Xue (Tongji University, China)
Susumu Hirabayashi (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Metabolism and Cell Growth Group, UK)
Sa Kan Yoo (RIKEN, Japan)
Session 3: Physiology and metabolism 14:00-16:30
Chairs: Takashi Nishimura (Riken, Japan) and Young-Joon Kim (Gwangju Inst. Sci. Tech, Korea)

Kwang-Wook Choi (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
Young-Joon Kim (Gwangju Inst. Sci. Tech, Korea)
Xun Huang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Li-Mei Pai (Chang Gung University, Taiwan)
Do-Hyoung Kim (KAIST, Korea)
Session 4: Genetics, genomics, and evolution 17:00-19:30
Chairs: Hiroki Oda (JT, Japan), Yoshinori Tomoyasu (Miami University, USA), and Chau-Ti Ting (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

L. S. Shashidhara (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India)
Artyom Kopp (University of California Davis, USA)
Yoshinori Tomoyasu (Miami University, USA)
Hiroki Oda (JT Biohistory Research Hall, Japan)
Xue-Yan Li (Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Chau-Ti Ting (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
May 10 (Wednesday)
Session 5: Stem cells and Germ line
9:00-11:30
Chairs: Toshie Kai (Osaka University, Japan) and Hongyan Wang (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)

Hongyan Wang (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
Satoru Kobayashi (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Xinhua Lin (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Hwei-Jan Hsu (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Poster session 1: odd numbers 13:30-14:30
Poster session 2: even numbers 14:30-15:30

Banquet (Hotel Hankyu Expopark): 18:00-

May 11 (Thursday)
Keynote lecture (2)
9:00-10:00
Daisuke Yamamoto (Tohoku University, Japan)
Session 6: Neurobiology 10:10-12:40
Chairs: Azusa Kamikouchi (Nagoya University, Japan) and Zhefeng Gong (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China)

Margeret Ho (Tongji University, China)
Ann-Shyn Chiang (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Hiroshi Ishimoto (Nagoya University, Japan)
Adam Claridge-Chang (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
Zhefeng Gong (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China)
Excursion: 13:30- Day trip to Himeji-jo Castle

Entertainments in the Banquet

(1) Traditional Japanese Puppet Show, Ebisu-dance

(2) Breaking open a ceremonial sake barrel (sponsored by Zeiss)


The play EBISUMAI, a Traditional Japanese Puppet Show

■ Story of EBISUMAI

This story is about the God of the prosperity and happiness EBISUSAMA brings happiness to people. EBISUSAMA went to the sea to catch red fish called red snapper which are believed to bring happiness to people. Then, EBISUSAMA dance to the song about his origin drinking OMIKI known as sacred Japanese sake. Drunk too much sake, EBISUSAMA feels good and brings huge prosperity and happiness to people.

■ Profile of the puppet troupe EBISUZA

●EBISUKAKI, a puppet master of EBISUSAMA: Ms. Hidemi TAKECH (Left)
●Dram: Mr. Keiji MATSUDA (Right)
※The puppet master of God of prosperity and happiness, EBISUSAMA is called EBISUKAKI.

■ History of EBISUKAKI

EBISUKAKI is said to be lived at around NISHINOMIYA Shrine in Kobe, Japan and started during MUROMACHI period (1336a.d.-1573a.d.) and expand the belief of the God of prosperity and happiness EBISUSAMA to all over Japan. Later an EBISUKAKI moved to Awaji in Kobe and developed there. EBISUKAKI is origins of both AWAJI NINGYO JORURI (Awaji puppet show) and BUNRAKU (Bunraku Puppet show) in Osaka.
Now both AWAJI NINGYO JORURI (Awaji puppet show) and BUNRAKU (Bunraku Puppet show) in Osaka are recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Though EBISUKAKI which is an origin of those Japanese traditional puppet shows celebrated the golden age during MUROMACHI period to EDO period (1603a.d.-1868a.d.), it went away to decline in MEIJI period (1868a.d.-1912a.d.)
The puppet troupe EBISUZA started to revival of this historically precious EBISUKAKI in 2006 by community member live around NISHINOMIYA Shrine.
EBISUZA plays puppet show three times a year (September and January) and 10th of every month as offerings to NISHINOMIYA Shrine.
Since 2008, EBISUZA contribute to make lively city to corroborate more with the community groups and schools. And its activity is not only in Nishinomiya area in Kobe, it travels to play puppet shows all over Japan and its cheers-up Tsunami affected people or connect High schools and universities.

■ Performance History of EBISUZA

・The World Puppet Theatre Festival, Charleville-Mézières in France in 2011, 2013 and 2015
・Puppet Festival, Iida Nagano Japan in 2013, 2014 and 2015
And played more puppet festivals in Japan

■ Media appearances

Introduced on several TV programs in Japan