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Scintillating Café "Magnesium and Life -- Cancer research clarifies an unexpected relationship" (Guest: MIKI Hiroaki)

2012-12-18 (Tue) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  

Structurally, when we view them up close, we find cells are the "building blocks" of living things. However, if we go more deeply and view cells from the atomic or molecular level, we see that these "building blocks" are crammed full of a variety of things that all of these affect each other.

Our guest speaker today, Prof. Miki from the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, is working on understanding vital functions performed in the cells as explained by chemistry. In particular, Prof. Miki is focusing on the relationship of the level of magnesium in cells and cancer. One thing he has clarified is the relationship between proteins that reduce the level of magnesium in cells and the transformation of such cells into cancerous cells. Prof. Miki's research into this creepy "transformation phenomenon" to cancerous cells is unique and original.

You certainly won't want to miss this chance to talk to him directly, ask him what and how he plans to continue his research, what he has learned so far, and what ideas he has.

Guest Speaker: MIKI Hiroaki, Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University; Researcher in "Funding Program for Next-Generation World Leading Researchers (NEXT Program)"

Facilitator: IWASAKI Takuya, Specially Appointed Lecturer, Research/Publicity,Planning Coordinator, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects

  • There is no fee for attending this seminar.
  • Registration is not necessary.

What is a Scintillating Café?

Scintillating Café is the name for an informal seminar sponsored by Osaka University Research Council and the Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects. The Scintillating Cafés invite researchers whose programs had been selected as NEXT Program by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and serve as forums for dialogue between researchers and citizens. The organizers hope that participants can appreciate these chances to learn about next-generation environmental technology and bioscience in these Cafés.

This Scintillating Café is being conducted as an outreach research project selected as a NEXT Program. NEXT Programs are a research support system for researchers who have the potential to be world leaders in science and technology. NEXT aims to develop science and technology from a mid- and long-term perspective and contribute to the sustainable growth of the nation and to solutions for political and social challenge by supporting advanced research and development, programs recommended by the government's new growth strategies (principles) and decided upon at a Cabinet meeting on December 30, 2009.

Researcher: MIKI Hiroaki

Research project: Identification of the molecule regulating intracellular Mg2+and its importance in cancer malignancy

Date: 2012-12-18 (Tue) 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)
URL: http://www.lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp/info/201209042.html
Contact: Research Council, Osaka University (General Affairs, Institute of Social and Economic Research)
syaken-syomu@office.osaka-u.ac.jp

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