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2nd Science Café: Unknown World Captured by a Biological Live Camera

2010-11-16 (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 second café guest is ISHII Masaru, chief researcher and specially appointed associate professor at the Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University.

Our bodies are made up of various types of cells. Being able to view cell activities as they are taking place provides us with hints and insights into the mysteries of living organisms and also lends momentum for the continued development of biological imaging techniques. Mr. Ishii is the first researcher to succeed in viewing osteoclastic cells in living organisms. In this café, he will show images of living organisms taken by biological imaging technology and explain what was learned by viewing them.

Won't you join us for a discussion about the mysteries and art of living organisms while viewing beautiful images of these mysteries?

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 headed by AKIRA Shizuo and the Immunology Frontier Research Center.

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

Date: 2010-11-16 (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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