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Nov. 7, 2019

(postponed) RIKEN BDR to hold the joint symposium "Integrated organoid science: Stem cells, engineering, medicine"

Considering the impact on the health of participants, this symposium is postponed due to the increased risk of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in Japan.

We will notify you again when the date will be set.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 RIKEN BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium in Kobe "Integrated organoid science: Stem cells, Engineering, Medicine," will be held on March 4 and 5, 2020 at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Kobe, Japan.

The discovery of the self-organization processes in stem cell culture systems has enabled researchers to generate three-dimensional mini-organs or so-called "organoids" in the lab, and has consequently propelled stem cell research into a new dimension, with applications in human developmental biology, drug discovery for rare diseases as well as in vitro analyses of inter-organ connections. Recent improvements in organoid culture technologies have been achieved through interdisciplinary researches between wide-ranging fields including biomaterial engineering and microdevice technologies, in addition to basic stem cell biology. The organoids being generated, however, are still small and immature, and there remains a need to understand the basic principles of the self-organization phenomena as well as develop breakthroughs in culture technology to generate mature functional organs. This symposium will bring together scientists from fields of stem cell biology, engineering, chemistry and information science to share the latest cutting-edge research in organoid biology and its social implementation, and also discuss the future tasks of this research area.

Image introducing the joint symposium2020 RIKEN BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium in Kobe
Date March 4-5, 2020
Time March 4 (Day 1) 13:30-18:30(12:00-13:30 Registration | 18:30-20:30: Buffet Dinner at BDR Lounge (Optional)
March 5 (Day 2) 9:00-17:45
Target Researchers
Location Auditorium, 1F Developmental Biology Building C
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
(Approximately 5 minutes walk from "Iryo Center" port-liner train station)
For details, please see "Access".
Language English (Simultaneous translation will not be provided)
Participation Fee FREE (Lunch and Banquet fee required separately - optional)
  • Lunch: 1,000 JPY (ONLY for March 5, please prepare for your own lunch for March 4)
  • Banquet: 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)
Co-host Organization Center for Stem Cells and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe
Details Please refer to the following website for details:
2020 RIKEN BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium in Kobe
Contact RIKEN BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium Secretariat
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
Email: bdrcustom2020 [at] ml.riken.jp