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Science Café on the Edge - Seeing Immunity with the Latest in Imaging Technology

2016-1-22 (Fri) 19:00 - 21:00

In order for immune cells to protect our bodies, they race through the body and perform the appropriate function at each of their locations. In recent years, approaches in immunological research have seen researchers viewing immune cells at their "work sites" in efforts to investigate these functions. These approach methods are called "live imaging." This method deepens our understanding through capturing images of living, working cells and structures on a high performance microscope and visualizing events within our bodies.

Through the use of live imaging, we are able to see immunity.

For example, through the interaction of immune cells with nerves, we are able to view the process that invokes auto-immunity. We have also been able to further classify cells which can dissolve bones (actually a type of immune cell). This will prove useful in narrowing down targets for treatment of osteoporosis. For this Science Café On The Edge, we have invited two live imaging researchers to talk about their research and what they have learned through viewing immunity. We also plan on viewing gorgeous captured footage of immune cells at work.

• Presenters:

Naoto Kawakami, Ph.D. (Group Leader, Institute of Clinical Neuroimmunology Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich)

A graduate of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University, Dr. Kawakami obtained his doctorate in Pharmaceutical Science. After working in the Max-Planck Society in Germany, he took his current position in 2011. He is currently working toward elucidating autoimmune diseases in the central nervous system through live imaging.

Masaru Ishii, M.D./Ph.D. (Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University)

Professor Masaru Ishii graduated from Osaka University's Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School Medicine, where he earned his doctorate degree in Medicine. After working as a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health in the USA, as well as a specially appointed professor at the Immunology Frontier Research Center at Osaka University, he took his current position in 2013. Professor Ishii researches visualization of cellular kinetics and intercellular network model construction through live imaging.

• Facilitator:

TSUMURA Akiko (Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University)

• Venue:

CAFE Lab., 1F, North Building, Grand Front Osaka

• Attendance Fee:

Attendance for this event is free. (There is a one drink charge of 500 yen.)

• Capacity

50 (No prior registration necessary.)

Date: 2016-1-22 (Fri) 19:00 - 21:00
Organizer: Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
Venue: CAFE Lab., 1F, North Building, Grand Front Osaka
Registration: Registration is not required for this seminar.
Contact: TSUMURA/SHIMIZU, Planning Office, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University

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