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 next 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