Master's/Doctoral Program in Life Science Innovation is a new degree program jointly established with the Life Science Promotion Association of Tsukuba

University of Tsukuba’s joint symposium with University of Oxford, UK and Wageningen University, Netherlands

Two joint symposia, organized by the Tsukuba Life Science Innovation Program (TLSI), were held in Oxford and Wageningen.

1. Oxford

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).

Symposium Program

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.

2. Wageningen

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.

Symposium Program:

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:

Food Safety

13.50 Dr . Janssen and Professor De Graaf, Wageningen University

Food digestion

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