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The Cell Biology Unit at the Institute of Innovative Research (IIR) held a symposium to mark the unit's foundation on April 16, attracting around 80 participants from within and outside of the Institute.
The symposium began with an address by the leader of the unit, Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi, who gave a brief description of the unit's activities. Ohsumi explained that the group aims to study the fundamental unit of life, the cell, by assembling leading researchers from within and outside Tokyo Tech. Through an understanding of the phenomena that occur within cells, the unit will make contributions to advanced fields including medicine and the biosynthesis of pharmaceutical products, returning the fruits of cutting-edge basic research to society.
After Ohsumi's introduction, Tokyo Tech President Yoshinao Mishima described the university-wide reforms introduced on April 1, 2016, while also outlining his excitement at the establishment of the Cell Biology Unit.
The academic staff of the unit then delivered 30-minute lectures on the research foci of each laboratory associated with the unit.
The topics of research are:
Attendees demonstrated their interest during the lively question and answer session that followed. The symposium was combined with an inspection of the unit's facilities, providing attendees with the opportunity to visit laboratories in the S2 building and witness the excellent infrastructure available to unit members.
Following the facility visits, a social gathering was held at the Mototeka Cafe at Suzukakedai Campus. Opening remarks were given by IIR Director-General Kazuya Masu and Dean Hisakazu Mihara of the School of Life Science and Technology before attendees engaged in vigorous debate.
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