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3rd Science Café -- Mysteries of Immunity

2011-1-18 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D in Science and Technology, "Understanding the Dynamics of Immunity and Establishing Methods of Control," headed by AKIRA Shizuo, director, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, is holding its third Science Café.
Leading researchers and sub theme leaders involved in this program have been invited to speak about things and phenomena they are viewing in this Science Café, "Café on the Edge." The focus will be on the integration of biological imaging and on immunology currently being persued in the medical and biological fields. The topic of the third cafe's to be held on Tuesday, January 18 is "Immunity," a popular topic for conversation these days.


There are many mysteries about immunity:

  • When a pathogenic agent enters a body, what happens in that body?
  • How can we find out whether the agent is good or bad?
  • Why is a person who has been infected not reinfected?
  • Does immunity have memory?
  • We've heard of ways to strengthen immunity recently. What do you think immunity is?
  • Is it really good to strengthen immunity?
  • What is immunity in the first place?
  • How does one measure the strength of immunity? Is there such a thing?

In order to discuss immunity, we have invited specialists from two fields in the immune system as topic presenters. There are two types of immunity: natural immunity that works when a pathogenic agent enters our body and acquired immunity that remembers pathogenic agents and reacts swiftly against a second infection.
AKIRA Shizuo, the leading researcher who has clarified natural immunity, and KUROSAKI Tomohiro, a specially appointed professor researching acquired immunity, will talk about immunity from their points of view. You will be able to learn about the fine line dividing natural immunity and acquired immunity, only recently clarified.
What do advanced scientists want to know? Osaka University will present a deluxe edition of the Science Café. Don't miss it!
Guest speakers (topic presenters)

  • AKIRA Shizuo, Director, Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
  • KUROSAKI Tomohiro, Specially Appointed Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, Group director, Research Center for Allergy and Immunology, Riken

Facilitator: NANBA Miho, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University, Science Media Center of Japan. There is no participation fee. Registration is not required. We look forward to having many in attendance.

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, B1, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line

Date: 2011-1-18 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration: Not necessary.
URL: http://akira-pj.lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp/entry_20101216.html
Contact: Department of Research Promotion, Administrative Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects
lserp-contact-rep@ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp

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