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Osaka University Research Council's Scintillating Café "Secrets of Botulism"

2012-1-19 (Thu) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

At Osaka University, graduate and undergraduate students are not just studying; there are also laboratories and research centers where fascinating research is being conducted. "Scintillating Cafés" are noted for making it possible for citizens to come, meet, and talk with researchers involved daily in conducting exciting, inspirational research. Why don't you come and feel the excitement of imagining "what might be"!

This scintillating science cafe, an outreach activity for common citizens, will deal with the Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers Program "Making use of Transmucosal Vaccine Delivery and an Explanation of the Botulin Toxin and how it Invades the Body." The speaker is Specially Appointed Professor of the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, FUJINAGA Yukako

In Japan, botulism became an infamous type of food poisoning due to a 1984 case of mass food poisoning by botulinum in deep-fried mustard-filled lotus root, resulting in the deaths of 11 people. The potent botulinum toxin, produced by the bacteria clostridium botulinum, is an indigestible protein. Research on botulinum is not merely focusing on ways to treat food poisoning and the digestive system. Hidden within the botulinum research are possibilities for new remedies.

While listening to Ms. Fujinaga, the audience will be invited to discuss and share their opinions regarding these topics.

Facilitator: SAKANOUE Jun, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center

Date: 2012-1-19 (Thu) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway), Osaka University Research Council, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century
Venue: Art Area B1, Concorse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
Registration: Not necessary
Contact: Osaka University Research Council (General Affairs, Institute for Protein Research)

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