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Science Café on the Next Edge #10 -- "The Heart: Exploring Secrets of that Hard Worker"

2012-12-9 (Sun) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Some 60 trillion cells make up the human body. In one's body, for example, the liver is made of liver cells, the kidneys are made of kidney cells, and so forth. Also, in each of the internal organs, cells divide and multiply, thereby repairing, replacing that organ. For example, if half of the liver is removed, in less than a year, the liver will have returned to its original size. Moreover, as we all know, if we get cut, skin cells divide and repair the wound. These are both examples of cells doing something by dividing. On the other hand, cells which divide and don't stop dividing are cancer cells.

However, there's one type of cell which, soon after we're born, never divides again and never increases in number until the day we die. This unusual type of cell makes up our heart. What type of secrets do heart cells contain, cells that never divide and which work hard continuously throughout your life? If we can learn those secrets, we just might be able to find ways to repair hearts that are ill.

Lecturer: TAKASHIMA Seiji, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine; Osaka University conducts research under the Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers

Facilitator: IWASAKI Takuya, Specially appointed lecturer, Research and Public Relations Planning Coordinator, Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects, Osaka University

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

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

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

This Science Café on the Next Edge 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.

What is "Science Café on the Next Edge"?

Science Café on the Next Edge is the name for an informal seminar sponsored by Osaka University Research Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects. The Science Café on the Next Edges 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.


Date: 2012-12-9 (Sun) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Art Area B1 -- Concourse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
URL: http://www.lserp.osaka-u.ac.jp/info/2012101502.html
Contact: Support Office for Large-Scale Education and Research Projects
toukatukouhou-rep@ml.office.osaka-u.ac.jp

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