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April 26, 2019

CiRA to hold International Symposium in late November

October 4 (Fri.)
Presentation titles of speakers are available.
September 9 (Mon.)
The abstract submission deadline has been closed.
September 2 (Mon.)
The abstract submission deadline has been extended
to September 8 and this is the final extension.
August 26 (Mon.)
The abstract submission deadline has been extended
from August 25 to September 1.
July 19 (Fri.)
Detailed schedule is available.
July 2 (Tue.)
Speakers are updated.
May 31 (Fri.)
Registration and Poster Abstract
Submission Open
is updated.

CiRA International Symposia invite stem cell researchers and students from around the world to advance iPS cell research results and promote iPS cell research collaboration.

The CiRA 2019 International Symposium -iPSCs Changing the Future of Science and Medicine- will be held on November 27 (Wed.)- 29 (Fri.), 2019. We are pleased to announce keynote lectures by Dr. Tasuku Honjo, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and Dr. Gordon Keller, McEwen Stem Cell Institute, University Health Network. The topics of the symposium range from basic research on pluripotency and genome editing to clinical applications of stem cells.

Please check this webpage regularly for updates.
Any update on the symposium will be announced on the webpage.

CiRA 2019 International Symposium
-iPSCs Changing the Future of Science and Medicine-
Date November 27 (Wed.)-29 (Fri.), 2019
Venue Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall
(Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan)
Inquiries Secretariat for the
CiRA 2019 International Symposium
E-mail: cira2019*
(replace * with @.)
c/o Convention Linkage, Inc.

Fee: Free, except the Social Reception
(JPY 5,000).

Registration close: November 13th.

Note: All registrants are encouraged to present their work in the poster session.

Poster abstract submission

Awards for Best Poster Presentations

Application deadline: Closed

Note: Due to space capacity, we cannot guarantee all registrants will be invited. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the poster review committee, and the results will be informed via email.

Poster presenters are required to register for your participation.

Hotel Reservation

We recommend using the link below.

  • Tasuku HonjoKyoto Univ.
  • Gordon KellerUniv. Health Network

  • Sheila ChariCell Stem Cell
  • Donald IngberHarvard Univ.
  • Yasushi Kajii T-CiRA Discovery,
      Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Shin KanekoCiRA, Kyoto Univ.
  • Timothy Kieffer
      Univ. of British Columbia
  • Jin-Soo KimSeoul National Univ.
  • Joao MonteiroNature Medicine
  • Hiromitsu NakauchiStanford Univ.
  • Kathy NiakanFrancis Crick Institute
  • Hideyuki OkanoKeio Univ.
  • April PyleUCLA
  • Stanley QiStanford Univ.
  • Mitinori SaitouKyoto Univ.
  • Hidetoshi SakuraiCiRA, Kyoto Univ.
  • Takanori Takebe
      Cincinnati Children's Hosp.
  • Marius WernigStanford Univ.
  • Shinya YamanakaCiRA, Kyoto Univ.
  • Peter Zandstra
      Univ. of British Columbia
  • Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
      Univ. of Cambridge
DAY1 - November 27 (Wed.)
Start - End

Events / Speakers

13:00 - 13:10

Opening Remarks

13:10 - 14:10

Keynote Lecture 1
Dr. Tasuku Honjo
Kyoto Univ.
"Serendipities of acquired immunity"

14:10 - 14:30


Session 1:
Generation of Complex Tissues
and Organs
14:30 - 15:00

Dr. Mitinori Saitou
Kyoto Univ.
"Mechanism and reconstitution in vitro of mammalian germ cell development"

15:00 - 15:30

Dr. Donald Ingber
Harvard Univ.
"Human organ chip models of human pathophysiology and drug responses"

15:30 - 16:00

Dr. Hiromitsu Nakauchi
Stanford Univ.
"Growing organs in vivo: iPS cell-derived, xeno-created organs for transplantation"

16:00 - 16:25

Poster Introduction 1 (Selected poster presenters)

16:35 - 18:20

Poster Session 1
(Odd Numbers)

DAY2 - November 28 (Thu.)
Start - End

Events / Speakers

Session 2:
Medical Applications of Stem Cells
9:30 - 10:00

Dr. Timothy Kieffer
Univ. of British Columbia
"Stem cell derived islets to study disease mechanisms and treat diabetes"

10:00 - 10:30

Dr. Hideyuki Okano
Keio Univ.
"iPSCs-based regenerative medicine and drug development for CNS diseases"

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:15

Dr. April Pyle
"Development of therapeutic approaches for skeletal muscle disease using human induced pluripotent stem cells"

11:15 - 11:40

Poster Introduction 2 (Selected poster presenters)

11:40 - 12:00

Editor's Talk 1
Dr. Joao Monteiro

Nature Medicine
"Nature journals and the future of publishing"

12:20 - 13:50

Lunch Seminar
(Presented by iPS Academia Japan, Inc.)
Meet the Experts Lunch 1
(Invitation only)

Session 3:
Regulation of Cell Fate
14:00 - 14:30

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
CiRA, Kyoto Univ.
"Recent progress in iPS cell research and application"

14:30 - 15:00

Dr. Marius Wernig
Stanford Univ.
"How to make a neuron"

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:45

Dr. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Univ. of Cambridge

15:45 - 16:15

Dr. Peter Zandstra
Univ. of British Columbia
"Engineering stem cell fate and function"

16:15 - 16:40

Poster Introduction 3 (Selected poster presenters)

16:50 - 18:35

Poster Session 2
(Even Numbers)

18:50 - 20:10

Social Reception*

* Only for pre-registered and paid applicants.

DAY3 - November 29 (Fri.)
Start - End

Events / Speakers

Session 4:
Frontiers in Genome Editing Technologies
9:30 - 10:00

Dr. Jin-Soo Kim
Seoul National Univ.
"CRISPR genome editing"

10:00 - 10:30

Dr. Kathy Niakan
Francis Crick Institute

10:30 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:20

Dr. Stanley Qi
Stanford Univ.
"Genome engineering and synthetic biology for manipulating cell fates"

11:20 - 11:40

Editor's Talk 2
Dr. Sheila Chari

Cell Stem Cell

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Seminar
(Presented by Shonan Health Innovation Park)
Meet the Experts Lunch 2
(Invitation only)

Session 5:
Academia-Industry Collaboration
13:45 - 13:55

Dr. Yasushi Kajii
T-CiRA Discovery, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
"Towards transformative solutions for rare and intractable diseases with iPS cell technologies in a unique setting of academia-industry collaboration"

13:55 - 14:25

Dr. Shin Kaneko
CiRA, Kyoto Univ.
"Development of iPSC-based CAR-T cell immunotherapy"

14:25 - 14:55

Dr. Takanori Takebe
Cincinnati Children's Hosp.
"Directing complex organogenesis from human iPSC towards therapy"

14:55 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:45

Dr. Hidetoshi Sakurai
CiRA, Kyoto Univ.
"Drug development for muscular diseases at T-CiRA"

15:45 - 16:45

Keynote Lecture 2
Dr. Gordon Keller
Univ. Health Network
"Translating human development to new therapies with human pluripotent stem cells"

16:45 - 17:00

Poster Presentation Award Ceremony

17:00 - 17:10

Closing Remarks

iPS Academia japan

  • Takeda
  • T-CiRA
  • iPark
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