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February 04, 2011

[Cancelled] CiRA Symposium for general public 2011 "Science is full of surprise! Challenge of scientists to cell reprogramming"


CiRA would like to express heartfelt sympathy to the people in the Eastern Japan regions affected by the large earthquake and tsunami on March 11 and offer our deepest condolence to those who lost loved ones in the disaster. Our thoughts are with those people.

Considering the current social situation due to the disaster, we have regrettably decided to cancell the International symposium for general public on April 2.

We would greatly appreciate your understanding.

CiRA will hold an international symposium for the general public to provide an opportunity to learn more about cell reprogramming studies, including iPS cells.

The symposium consists of two sessions, a lecture session and a Q&A session. In the lecture session, three noted scientists renowned developmental biologist professor John Gurdon (University of Cambridge), professor Ian Wilmut, the leader of the team that cloned Dolly the sheep (University of Edinburgh, UK) and CiRA director Shinya Yamanaka, the first scientist who generated iPS cells will talk about their works and experiences as scientists. In the Q&A session, speakers will answer the questions from the audience.

This symposium is financially supported by FIRST program (Funding program for the World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology) created by the Japanese Cabinet Office.

CiRA International Public Symposium 2011
Date 2 nd April, 2011 (2:00 p.m. - 4:30p.m.) door open: 1:00 p.m.
Location Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall (at Main Campus of Kyoto University)
(Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan)
Registration Please send us following information by e-mail.(
(Name, address, e-mail, phone number, fax number, number of participants, with or without wheel chair, number of wheelchair helper)
FAX (81) + 06-6221-5939
Address Keihanshin Fudosan Yodoyabashi Bldg. 4-4-7 Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0042, Japan 541-0042
CiRA Public Symposium2011 Secretariat
Fee Free (Registration in advance is required)
Intended Audience General Public
Capacity 500 attendees
Language English, Japanese (simultaneous interpretation available)
Contact CiRA Public Symposium Secretariat
Fax: (81)+ 06-6221-5939
Program 13:00 Door Open
14:00 -- 14:05 Opening
Session 1 Lectures
14:05 -- 14:35 "The first cloned animal: by luck or design?"
Dr. John Gurdon (University of Cambridge)
14:35 -- 15:05 "From Dolly to disease in a dish"
Dr. Ian Wilmut (University of Edinburgh)
15:05 -- 15:35 "The Challenges and Vision on iPS cells"
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (Kyoto University)
15:35 -- 15:50 Break
Session2 Q&A
15:50 -- 16:30 Q&A
16:30 -- 16:35 Closing
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