Two joint symposia, organized by the Tsukuba Life Science Innovation Program (TLSI), were held in Oxford and Wageningen.
The joint symposium at the University of Oxford, hosted by Professor Colin Goding with
the other UT visiting professors, aimed to foster stronger relationship and research
collaboration between the University of Oxford and UT. It was held at the Queen’s College
on March 14, 2016 (Neuroscience) and at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research on March 15, 2016 (Cancer Research).
DAY 1 (Neuroscience, Regenerative Medicine and Chemistry)
Memorial Room Queens College, High Street
Introduction Colin Goding
09.20 Dr Masashi Ito, Eisai Pharmaceutical Company.
09.45 Professor Richard Wade-Martins, Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre
10.10 Professor Masashi Yanagisawa, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba
10.35 Professor Francis Szele, Dept. Physiology and Anatomy
11.25 Professor John Davis (Alzheimer's)
12.10 Professor Paul Riley, Dept. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.
12.35 Professor Makoto Asashima
Control of organogenesis and cell differentiation in vertebrate development
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Professor Steve Davies, Dept. Chemistry, University of Oxford
15.05 Visit Dept. Chemistry, University of Oxford
15.40 Professor Zameel Cader, Nuffield Dept. Clinical Neurosciences
DAY 2 (Cancer)
Ludwig Seminar Room-lower ground floor ORCRB
09.45 Introduction Claire Bloomfield
10.00 Professor Colin Goding, Ludwig Institute, University of Oxford
10.30 Professor Yun-Wen Zheng, University of Tsukuba Faculty of Medicine
Clonal identification of hepatic stem cells and generation of humanized liver animal
11.30 Professor Yasunori Kanaho, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences. University of Tsukuba
Small G protein ARF6 is a key player in tumor growth and metastasis
12.00 Professor Eric O’Neill, Dept. Oncology, University of Oxford
12.30 Professor Chas Bountra
13.00 Lunch break/Discussion
14.00 Professor Nobuhiro Ohkouchi, New Strategy for chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer
14.30 Professor Yoshihiro Arakawa, Director, Tsukuba Clinical Research & Development Organization (T-CReDO), Advisor to the Director of The University of Tsukuba Hospital
14.30 Professor Mark Middleton/Sarah Blagden, Dept. Oncology, University of Oxford
15.30 Visit to Churchill Cancer Hospital –Sarah Blagden
16.30 Tour of Old Road Campus
The time spent at Oxford was short but after dinner on March 15, the group saw the building
where the proposed UT office will be (Oxford Martin School, Broad St., Oxford). The enxt
day, March 16, we visited to Eisai at Hatfield and this trip was arranged by Dr. Ito. The
members of the University of Tsukuba faculty paid a courtesy visit to the JSPS office in
London on March 16 th , meeting Professor Takeyasu, the Director, JSPS London.
The Tsukuba group consisted of ten members:
Professor Makoto Asashima, Professor Yoshihiro
Arakawa, Professor Yasunori Kanaho, Dr. Masashi
Ito (Eisai), Professor Nobuhiro Ohkohchi,
Professor Masashi Yanagisawa, Professor Hiroko
Isoda, Assoc. Prof. Yun-wen Zheng, Assoc. Prof.
Tadayoshi Hayata, and Asst. Prof. Myra Villareal.
Overall, the symposium at Oxford met its goal
of matching professors from Tsukuba with
professors in Oxford who share common interests.
The joint symposium at Wageningen Univeristy (WU) was hosted by Professor Remko
Boom also aimed to foster stronger relationship in terms of academic and research
collaboration between Wu and UT. The Tsukuba group members were from UT and
National Food Research Institute (NFRI, NARO) - Professor Mitsutoshi Nakajima,
Professor Hiroko Isoda, Dr. Kunihiko Uemura (NFRI), Dr. Susumu Kawasaki (NFRI), and
Asst. Prof. Myra Villareal. We were warmly welcomed by the Rector Magnificus Arthur
Mol and discussed possible exchanges between UT and WU. We also got the chance to meet
and get to know two other visiting professors from Wageningen – Professor Renger
Witcamp and Asst. Professor Anja Janssen.
10.30 Professor Hiroko Isoda, University of Tsukuba
Introduction of Life Science Innovation Program
10.50 Professor Remko Boom: Wageningen University
Food structure and functionality
11.10 Professor Mitsutoshi Nakajima, University of Tsukuba
Micro-Nano scale processing for foods
11.30 Professor Karin Schroën, Wageningen University
Encapsulation and functionalization
11.50 Asst. Professor Myra Villareal
University of Tsukuba: Food functionality by bioassay
11.50 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.10 Professor Witkamp, Wageningen University
Nutrition: Food and Pharma
13.00 Dr. Susumu Kawasaki, National Food Research Institute, NARO:
13.50 Dr . Janssen and Professor De Graaf, Wageningen University
14.10 Dr Kunihiko Uemura, National Food Research Institute (NARO)
Application of electric process to food processing
Similar to what was held at Oxford, the symposium at Wageningen was successful in
matching professors from Tsukuba with professors Food Innovation professors of Tsukuba.
We hope that TLSI will continue to serve as the catalyst in fostering and strengthening
collaboration and cooperation between these two universities.
Queen's College, University of Oxford
Atlas Building, Wageningen University