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6th Science Café, the upcoming "Café on the Edge" -- "Form and Function in Protein Communication"

2011-11-27 (Sun) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Science cafés are special outreach events in which normal citizens can come, listen to and discuss topics in advanced science with researchers, specialists actually engaged in conducting scientific research! These science cafés are known as "Cafés on the Edge," events on the edge, the frontier, of the latest research. The upcoming 6th science café features INAGAKI Fuyuhiko, a researcher from Osaka University's Immunology Frontier Research Center (iFReC), the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology "Comprehensive understanding of immune dynamism: toward manipulation of immune responses" headed by Professor AKIRA Shizuo.

Professor Inagaki, the special guest for the sixth Café on the Edge, will speak on the topic of "Form and Function -- Protein Communication" on Thursday, October 27. In easy-to-understand terms, Professor Inagaki will explain about life functions and the structure of protein as understood in structural biology. Researchers have found that changes in the concentration of pH or ion levels as well as changes in temperature result in minor changes in the shape and interaction of protein molecules. These minor changes in shape and how molecules interact have subtle relationships to changes in protein function. However, how is it possible for scientists to investigate these changes in tiny protein molecules which they cannot even see?

Professor Inagaki, a researcher on the front lines of research in structural biology, will discuss things such as how scientists have been able to view the three-dimensional structures of proteins, and how small changes in structure are reflected in changes in immune responses.

Join us in taking a peek at the dynamism of proteins with this scientist!


Date: 2011-11-27 (Sun) 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University & NPO Dance Box & Keihan Railway Co., Ltd.) Osaka University's Immunology Frontier Research Center (iFReC), the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (Main Research: AKIRA Shizuo)
Venue: Art Area B1, Concorse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
Registration: Not necessary.
URL: http://akira-pj.lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp/info/20111027.html
Contact: Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects
akira-pj-rep@ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp

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