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(Hereafter described in Japan time)

7: 00-7: 05 Opening Moderator: Hideharu Kitahara UJA Director

7: 05-7: 10 Guest Greetings Kenichi Okada, Consul General of Japan in Chicago

7: 10-7: 15 Greetings from the Chairman of the Planning Committee Tatsuyoshi Kono UJA Director / Indy-Tomorrow Representative

7: 15-7: 20 Greetings from the President Nozomi Takada Northwestern University Japanese Researchers Association / JRCC / UJA

7: 20-7: 40 Award Ceremony for the Cheiron-GIFTS 2020

          Presenter: Tomoko Nishikawa Kei Ron initiative outside counsel / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry Tobitate! Study Abroad JAPAN * Participate as an individual

11: 30-11: 40 Award Ceremony

Taiho Innovations Best Presenter Award-Cell X Latest Research

Bristol Myers Squibb KK Best Presenter Award-Interdisciplinary Exchange X Career after studying abroad

Indiana Japanese Association Best Presenter Award- Study Abroad Recommendation X Japan XR Science Forum

                          LEO Science & Tech Hubs Best Presenter Award - immune-allergy X skin

                          UJA Best Presenter Award-Interdisciplinary X HFSP

Poster Award

11: 40-11: 42 Closing Moderator: Hideharu Kitahara UJA Director

11: 42-11: 50 Guest greetings (video message)

Yoshinori Ohsumi Specially Appointed Professor / Honorary Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Innovation, Tokyo Institute of Technology / Chairman of the Osumi Basic Science Foundation,

Torsten Wiesel, President Emeritus of The Rockefeller University / Former Secretary-General of

the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization

Shigekazu Nagata President of the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization /

Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University

11: 50-11: 55 Greetings from the Executive Committee Chairman Hideharu Kitahara UJA Director

11: 55-12: 00 Greetings from the organizer Takeya Adachi UJA Next Chairman / Vice Chairman of the Chiron Initiative

"What is the ideal way of science and technology in the With-COVID-19 era utilizing cross-reality technology?"
12:00 End roll

Zoom Venue A

5: 30-6: 20 Parent-Child Science Class (for American families) presented by EUREKA & Chiron Initiative (K-01)  

7: 50-9: 10 "Cell X Latest Research" Powered by Taiho Innovations (S-01)

The living body properly processes information inside and outside the body by means of an evolutionarily acquired complex and ingenious system. Since this system is the key to organ formation / regeneration and homeostasis, its abnormalities and disruption of related molecular devices cause congenital anomalies and serious illnesses.

Cells are the building blocks of our body and each cell type has a specific role. Cellular technology has enabled a reducing approach that seeks to understand the whole thing by breaking down complex components into parts and examining them. As a result, it has become clear that these small cells have a surprisingly complex reaction mechanism to the outside world and intracellular processing ability. Furthermore, by integrating these functions at the tissue / organ level, advanced functions that could not be achieved on a cell-by-cell basis are achieved. In future cell biology, it is necessary to analyze the relationship between these findings and diseases and consider them from a broader perspective.
In this session, we will discuss hot topics that have emerged from cell research such as aging, canceration, and disease models (respiratory disease, genetic deafness), from the molecular mechanism necessary for cell rejuvenation and gene expression regulation by iron metabolism. .. In addition, I would like to explore the potential of cells from a macro / micro perspective and discuss new aspects and possibilities of utilization. We hope that the session will break away from the classical interpretation and serve as a bridge to drug discovery research and clinical application through a new interpretation of the pathology.



Nozomi Takada

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Yusuke Tomita

Northwestern University



Takashi Kojima

Northwestern University



Non-random chromosomal partitioning seen when stem cells divide asymmetrically

Seiji Watase

University of Michigan / HHMI

Speaker 1


Jumonji-C Domain Containing Histone Demethylases are Cellular Iron Sensors That Control mTORC1

Jason Shapiro

Northwestern University

Speaker 2


Decreased stress response of HSP with cell aging

Sasai Hayasaki

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology / Northwestern University

Speaker 3


How to make cancer stem cells

Akimasa Senoo

Wayne State University / Okayama University

Speaker 4


Effects of Filaggrin gene mutations on bronchial asthma

Katsunori Masaki

Keio University

Speaker 5


Possibility of new treatment for pulmonary fibrosis targeting integrated stress response

Satoshi Watanabe

Northwestern University

Speaker 6


In vitro pathological analysis and therapeutic drug screening of the hereditary deafness-causing gene KCNQ4

Takashi Kojima

Northwestern University

9: 20-10: 40 "Interdisciplinary Exchange X Career After Studying Abroad" Powered by Bristol Myers Squibb KK (S-02)

What is necessary to obtain new knowledge and ideas in research?
There is no correct answer to this question, and the answer is different for each person, but it is doubtful that it is also an important factor to take in the technology and knowledge used in different fields from a broad perspective and apply it to your own field. There is no. In fact, there are cases where researchers from different fields come together to create new ideas that they had never thought of before, leading to joint research.
Therefore, the purpose of this session is to invite researchers from different fields as much as possible so that the audience can experience research in various fields within one session. In addition, researchers who have walked different career paths share and discuss what they thought and how they acted before and after studying abroad, so that those who are currently studying abroad can choose a career after studying abroad. I hope it helps.



Akinari Kitago

University of California Los Angeles

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Jin Tanaka

Northwestern University



Lecture Title (TBA)

Yuichiro Yano

Duke University

Speaker 1

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Therapeutic effect of percutaneous nucleotomy

Kenta Wakaizumi

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Speaker 2


Consider increasing food production from the seed formation mechanism of plants

Tomokazu Kawashima

University of Kentucky

Speaker 3

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Cardioprotective effect of microRNA-150 on myocardial infarction

Tatsuya Aonuma

Indiana University

Speaker 4


Realization of P4 Medicine using mobile health

Takenori Inomata

Juntendo University

10: 50-11: 40 Parent-Child Science Class (for Japanese families) presented by EUREKA & Chiron (K-02)

12: 15-13: 15 "Study Abroad Recommendation X Japan XR Science Forum" Powered by Indiana Japanese Association (S-03)

According to a 2013 survey conducted by the United Japanese researchers Around the world (UJA), many researchers are interested in studying abroad, but feel anxiety and risk about studying abroad. It is clear that there is. We believe that the true nature of this anxiety and risk is the lack of information about studying abroad. In this session, those who have studied abroad and those who are currently studying abroad will be invited to take the stage, introduce what they have been worried about and what they have suffered, and send a hot ale to young researchers aiming to study abroad. We look forward to the participation of not only researchers who are thinking of studying abroad, but also all those who want to deepen discussions with us about research, study abroad, and promotion of research capabilities in Japan. Non-researchers and high school students are also welcome!



Noriyuki Akagi

Fukuoka Institute of Technology



Kohei Homma

Keio University

Speaker 1


Clinical training in allergology in the international city of London and hospitalization at the training site

Katsunori Masaki

Keio University

Speaker 2

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Family study abroad recommendations

Kenta Wakaizumi

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Speaker 3

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Communication skills are important for researchers! I learned that research is a collaborative effort

Masafumi Sakashita

University of Fukui

Speaker 4


What is preparation for studying abroad?

Paddy victory

University of Florida

Speaker 5


Toward the development of female medical professionals and researchers who are active in the world-A new study abroad system-

Hideharu Kitahara

Tokyo Women's Medical University

Zoom Venue B

7: 50–9: 10 “Immune / Allergy X Skin” Powered by LEO Science & Tech Hubs (S-04)

It is the one in about two people in Japan has some immunological allergic diseases, a countermeasure is urgently needed. Under such circumstances, based on the Basic Law for Allergic Disease Control enacted in 2014, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare issued the "Immune Allergic Disease Research 10-Year Strategy" in 2019, and in line with this content, we aimed to overcome the disease. We are promoting research. This research strategy is based on the three strategies of "elucidation of the true nature, construction of society, and disease characteristics", and is aimed at preventing the onset, aggravation, and eradication of deaths that can prevent immune allergic diseases. Shows the importance of . Among them, as one of the elucidation of the true nature, the role of "skin" is extremely large, and the importance of studying the relationship between host factors and external factors was clarified in the research strategy. Therefore, in this session, we will introduce topics related to this immune allergy and skin, focusing on "what we can do now", "what we can do now", and "easy to see", and it will be time to discuss the potential of this area. I hope that it will be.

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Keigo Kainuma

Medical corporation enlightenment society Kainuma internal medicine



Kuroda Taruho

LEO Science & Tech Hub



Symbiotic Bacteria-Specific T Cell Differentiation Induction and Activation Mechanism

Akiyuki Sano

University of Illinois at Chicago

Speaker 1

Food allergy treatment strategies

Sakura Sato

National Hospital Organization Sagamihara Hospital Clinical Research Center

Speaker 2


Sports medicine supported by a dermatologist

Shun Omori

University of Occupational and Environmental Health

Speaker 3


Challenge to visualize "rash"

Yohei Natsuaki

Skin Research Institute of Singapore

Speaker 4

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Immunity to commensal skin fungi promotes psoriasiform skin inflammation

Saeko Nakajima

Kyoto University

Speaker 5


Tissue-specific B cell activation in human transplant rejection

Yuta Asano

University of Chicago

Speaker 6


Reduce the side effects of anticancer drugs and improve their efficacy

Jun Ishiwara

University of Chicago / Imperial College London

9: 20-10: 40 "Interdisciplinary X HFSP" Powered by UJA (S-05)

Background of the session: The International Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Promotion Organization provides annual research funding of approximately 6 billion yen for the purpose of advanced research that contributes to humankind. The number of Nobel Prize winners from the subsidized “world-changing researchers” is almost one per year, which is an amazing pace. The challenging research promoted by HFSP consists of three components: intercontinental, interdisciplinary, and innovative, which are important for Japanese Nobel laureates as well. It is also an element. Unfortunately, the HFSP was created by Japan, but in reality, the number of Japanese applicants and adopters of the HFSP is decreasing.

  In this session, let's think from an interdisciplinary and innovative perspectives, centered on "advanced research that contributes to humankind." We asked seven people who specialize in engineering, medicine, biology, organic chemistry, soil mathematics, urban informatics, and business who are active in a wide range of fields to give a lightning talk. It takes 80 minutes to exchange opinions (panel discussion format) with everyone at the venue about innovation in specialized fields.

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Kazuaki Yazawa

Purdue University



Tatsuyoshi Kono

Indiana University


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Delivering basic research on aging to society by connecting with people

Motoji Hayano

Keio University

Speaker 1


Intracellular genome editing imaging

Riki Kawamata

Kyushu University

Speaker 2


Molecular orientation control using hydrogen bonds and high-efficiency organic EL device

Yuichiro Watanabe

Purdue University

Speaker 3


Modern soil research

Paddy victory

University of Florida

Speaker 4

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Urban disaster recovery modeling using location information

Takahiro Yabe

Purdue University

Speaker 5


About Time Travel Agency

Yuki Ito

University of Michigan

Hubs venue A ~ E

10: 50-11: 20 Poster session  

P01 (Hubs Venue A)


How to make cancer stem cells

Akimasa Senoo 1, 2, Masaharu Senoo 1

1 Okayama University, 2 Wayne State University

P02 (Hubs Venue C)


Aiming to prevent diseases caused by lack of exercise by elucidating the response mechanism of cells to extension stimuli that imitate individual movement

Sasai Hayasaki 1, Yasuomi Sasai 2, Miho Shimizu 1

Keiji Naruse 3, Toshiyuki Watanabe 1, Junko Atomi 1

1 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, 2 Menicon Co., Ltd.

3 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Okayama University

P03 (Hubs Venue B)

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The identity of the other half of the brain: astrocytes

Atsushi Nagai

Department of Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine

P04 (Hubs Venue D)

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Optimization of aqueous phase passive sampler for neonicotinoid pesticides

Kazushi Noro 1, Satoshi Endo 2, Yusai Banno 1

Yoshinori Yabuki 1

1 Osaka Prefectural Institute for Environmental Studies, Forestry and Fisheries, 2 National Institute for Environmental Studies

P05 (Hubs venue E)

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Empirical study of worksheets that promote conceptual transformation

Nobuyuki Kawai

Kobe City Shioya Junior High School

P06 (Hubs Venue A)


Artificially created retinal and endothelial organoids: Bioengineering the Retina and Endothelial Organoid

Nozomi Takada

Northwestern University

P07 (Hubs Venue D)

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Development of decarbonylated carbon-heteroatomic bond formation reaction of aromatic esters

Ryodai Isshiki, Nayomi Inayama, Kei Muto, Junichiro Yamaguchi

Waseda University Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

P08 (Hubs Venue A)


Cochlear nerve drug injury model using human iPS cell-derived inner ear organoids

Wataru Kurihara 1,2, Hiromi Kojima, James Hirohisa Okano 2

1 Jikei University School of Medicine Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery

2 Faculty of Regenerative Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine

P09 (Hubs Venue E)


Introducing the HFSP Fellowship

Shuhei Furukawa

Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

P10 (Hubs Venue C)

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Geroscience From Cell-Body Dynamics and Proteostasis Cooperation Supported by αB-Crystallin and Human Will ~ A Proposal of “Body-Mind Integrative Science”

Junko Atomi 1, Miho Shimizu 1, Eri Fujita 1

Atomi Aya 1, Hayasaki Sasai 1, Higashi Yoshikazu 1

Atomi Tomoaki 2

1 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2 Kyorin University

P11 (Hubs Venue C)


Association of Albuminuria with Incident Atrial Fibrillation: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Yoshihiro Tanaka 1, Ravi Patel 1

Erin Michos 2, Moyses Szklo 2

Philip Greenland 1

1 Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2 Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

P12 (Hubs Venue D)


Molecular orientation control using hydrogen bonds and highly efficient organic EL

Yuichiro Watanabe, Hisahiro Sasabe, Daisuke Yokoyama

Tomoyuki Oganazawa, Teruo Bebe, Hiroshi Katagiri, Junji Kido

1 Purdue University 2 Yamagata University Graduate School of Science and Engineering

3 High Brightness Photon Science Research Center

P13 (Hubs Venue B)


mRNA Binding Protein ZFP36L2 Regulates Cardiac DNA Damage Response Through Regulation of p53 and Helicase

Yuki Tatekoshi, Hidemichi Kouzu

Hsiang-Chun Chang, Jason Shapiro

Adam De Jesus, Meng Shang

Hossein Ardehali

Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute, Northwestern University

P14 (Hubs Venue E)

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A more doctor's perspective on drug development

Tomoko Nakabachi

Drug Development Capacity Promotion Organization (DDCP)

P15 (Hubs Venue E)

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Introducing the NUJRA community

Hiroaki Katagi, Yoshihiro Tanaka

Yusuke Tomita, Nozomu Takata

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

P16 (Hubs Venue B)


Activation of DNA Damage Repair Factors and APOBECs in HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers

Takeyuki Kono, Paul Hoover

Laimonis Laimins

Department of Microbiology Immunology

Northwestern University


P17 (Hubs Venue D)

Sunshine Koyanagi

The University of Tokyo Collaborative Research Organization Virtual Reality Education and Research Center

P18 (Hubs Venue C)

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Clinical Efficacy of Telemedicine Compared to Face-to-Face Clinic Visits for Smoking Cessation: Multicenter Open-Label Randomized Controlled Noninferiority Trial

Akihiro Nomura

1 Innovative Clinical Research Center, Kanazawa University 2 CureApp Institute

P19 (Hubs Venue A)


Direct ripgramming approach to refractory corneal disease

Koji Kitazawa

1 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

2 Buck Insititute for Research on Aging

P20 (Hubs Venue D)


Science communication promoted by science bar


Takushi Nomura

science bar INCUBATOR

Image by Lance Anderson

Speaker / Chair

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