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February 06, 2013

CiRA Café FIRST to be held on March 10

CiRA and British Council are organizing an event, CiRA Café FIRST, "Shall we chat with the stem cell scientists from the UK?" on March 10. CiRA will invite Sir Ian Wilmut from the University of Edinburgh as a speaker at this event.

CiRA holds a series of science cafe events, CiRA Café, for the general public to better understand iPS cell research. Usually this event is held in Japanese, but the March cafe will be conducted in English. Admission is up to 1,000 yen. Pre-registration is required.

This event is funded by the Funding Program for the World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST), Cabinet Offce, Japan.

Date March 10, 2013 16:00-17:30 (Doors open 15:45)
Venue Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Entrance Hall
Title Stem cell research; the past, present and future
Organizer CiRA, Kyoto University
British Council
Guest Speaker Sir. Ian Wilmut (University of Edinburgh)
Moderator Shigeyuki Koide
(Science journalist, formerly Chief Science Editor for Yomiuri Newspaper)
Participants Those who can communicate in English.
Capacity 30 people
Admission Fee 700 yen
Schedule 16:00 - 17:30
Registration Closed
Language English
Flyer Download PDF
Inquiries International Public Communications Office
CiRA, Kyoto University
Description TEL: 075-366-7005
e-mail: cira-pr*
Please change * to @.

Exciting opportunities to study the molecular mechanisms that cause inherited diseases are being provided by new methods of producing stem cells. These techniques make it possible to produce from a patient cells that are equivalent to those early in their life. In principle many inherited diseases may be studied in this way including Motor Neuron Disease, schizophrenia, some forms of cancer and causes of sudden heart failure. In addition, human cells in the laboratory may provide important new approaches to the safety testing of new drugs. This has the potential to greatly increase the efficiency of drug development and reduce the costs involved. This Cafe Science event will not only look at the potential value of these new methods and also the manner in which their development was prompted by research to clone a sheep but also look at some of the ethical considerations involved.

About FIRST Program
The FIRST Program was created in 2010 to advance competitive research carried out in various fields in Japan. The Council for Science and Technology Policy in the Cabinet Office selected 30 top researchers are expected to gain the top leadership in the world within five years in their respective fields. Prof. Shinya Yamanaka is one of the 30 scientists and is promoting a project to bring iPS cell technology from the bench to the bed.

For more information, visit the websites:
FIRST Program
iPS Cell Research Project for Regenerative Medicine

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