Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1

Shinya Yamanaka
Shinya Yamanaka M.D., Ph.D

Professor Shinya Yamanaka is most recognized for his discovery of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are differentiated cells that have been reprogrammed to the pluripotent state. He is Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, and Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes. Since his breakthrough finding, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2012). Professor Yamanaka’s primary vision is to bring iPS cell technology to human health care. Therefore, at CiRA, he has recruited a mixture of scientists conducting basic research and clinicians applying this research to disparate diseases. He also advocates iPS cell science regularly to the general public.

Keynote Lecture 2

Mitinori Saitou
Mitinori Saitou, M.D., Ph.D.Professor

Mitinori Saitou received his M.D. and Ph.D. (under Shoichiro Tsukita) from the Kyoto University, performed his postdoctoral work at the Gurdon Institute (with Azim Surani). He was then team leader at the RIKEN CDB. Mitinori Saitou is now Professor at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine and Director of the JST ERATO program. His work focuses on the mechanism and reconstitution in vitro of germ cell development in mice, monkeys, and humans.

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