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February 06, 2013

CiRA Caf� FIRST to be held on March 10

CiRA and British Council are organizing an event, CiRA Caf� 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 Caf�, 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.

DateMarch 10, 2013 16:00-17:30 (Doors open 15:45)
VenueCenter for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Entrance Hall
TitleStem cell research; the past, present and future
OrganizerCiRA, Kyoto University
British Council
Guest Speaker
Sir. Ian Wilmut  (University of Edinburgh)
Shigeyuki Koide
 (Science journalist, formerly Chief Science Editor for Yomiuri Newspaper)
Those who can communicate in English.
30 people
Admission Fee
700 yen
Schedule16:00 - 17:30 
International Public Communications Office 
CiRA, Kyoto University 

TEL: 075-366-7005
e-mail: cira-pr*
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 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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