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Kick-off symposium of WPI-IFReC - Immunology and Imaging -

Kick-off symposium of WPI-IFReC was held at Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan on March 27 and 28, 2008. At the symposium, 21 researchers from Japan and abroad were invited as speakers.

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Details of the symposium were as follows:
Main theme:
“Immunology and Imaging”

Time, date:
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of March 27 and
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of March 28, 2008

Opening ceremony
   -Kiyokazu WASHIDA, President, Osaka University
Greeting and introduction of the logotype of WPI-IFReC
   -Shizuo AKIRA, Director, WPI-IFReC

Total 21 researchers including 14 principal investigators of WPI-IFReC gave presentations. There were active interactions with attendances through questions and answers at the end of each session.

Concluding remarks:
Toshio YANAGIDA, Deputy Director, WPI-IFReC
We had approx. 380 attendances on 27th and approx. 350 attendances on 28th.

Kick-off Reception of WPI-IFReC was held after the first day of the symposium at Rihga Royal Hotel Osaka.

Taroh KINOSHITA, Deputy Director, WPI-IFReC

Opening ceremony:
   -Kiyokazu WASHIDA, President, Osaka University
   -Yasutaka MORIGUCHI, Director General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
   -Iwao MATSUDA, Former Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Food Safety and Information Technology, and Member of the House of Councilors, National Diet of Japan

Sake Barrel Ceremony “Kagami-biraki”
Total 18 distinguished guests and director of WPI-IFReC, etc. stood on the platform and then opened the new barrel of Sake together to celebrate the establishment of WPI-IFReC.

Fritz MELCHERS, Principal investigator of WPI-IFReC, and Fellow of Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Congratulatory addresses:
-Naoki MURATA, Trustee, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
-Ronald GERMAIN, Director, Program in Systems Immunology and Infectious Disease Modeling, National Institutes of Health

Concluding remarks:
Shizuo AKIRA, Director, WPI-IFReC
Approx. 200 persons participated in the reception and enjoyed talks in a cheerful mood.