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1st Science Café: "What are Researchers of Fluorescent Probe Molecules, leading players in Biological Live Imaging, pursuing?"

2010-11-9 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D in Science and Technology, "Comprehensively Understanding the Dynamics of Immunity and Establishing Methods for Controlling it," headed by AKIRA Shizuo, director, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, will hold three Science Cafés beginning from Tuesday, November 9.

This science café named "Café on the Edge -- Things that Advanced Scientists are Viewing," is one type of activity for sharing results of research and development with society and the public. Café on the Edge has invited leading researchers and sub theme leaders involved in this program to speak about things and phenomena that researchers are viewing and will focus on biological imaging currently being promoted in the medical and biological fields. Imaging makes things that were previously not visible to the naked eye visible. In medical and biological fields, biological imaging makes it possible to see "how cells move in living organisms" and "chemical reactions occurring within the cells," areas where much research is being conducted.

The first café's guest is KIKUCHI Kazuya, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University. He is researching fluorescent probes, markers used in biological imaging. Actually, various kinds of cells and proteins are active in our body. Can the enzymic activities and molecular dynamics in living organisms be made visible? How can light be manipulated to see such phenomena? Fundamentally, how can light be produced in this lightless world?

Won't you join us for an exciting time thinking about chemical techniques at the forefront of fluorescent probe development?

Sponsored by: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway) 

In cooperation with: Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology, "Comprehensive Understanding of Immune Dynamism and Establishing the Immunological Control Method" headed by AKIRA Shizuo and the Immunology Frontier Research Center.

Venue: Art Area B1 -- Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line

Date: 2010-11-9 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Department of Research Promotion, Administrative Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects

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