Global COE Study Abroad Project

Masashi Omachi(Special Research Promotion Group)

Date 2012.2.24-3.2
Purpose To participate in the Biophysical Society 56th Annual Meeting and make a poster presentation.

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(Title) Report on Biophysical Society 56th Annual Meeting

(Name) Masashi Ohmachi

(Laboratory) Yanagida laboratory

(Destination) San Diego Califolnia, USA

I attended the Biophysical Society 56th Annual Meeting held in San Diego Febrary 24-29, 2012. San Diego has a moderate climate through a year. I gave a poster presentation and collected information about my research field. More than 6000 researchers in the multidisciplinary fields representing biophysics attend the annual meeting. This Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of biophysicists in the world with more than 4000 poster presentations, over 200 exhibits, and more than 20 symposia. The meeting has subgroup meetings, platform sessions, social activities, and poster session. What's good about Biophysical society is that researchers in different fields, such as biology, chemistry and physics, get together and talk about the subject from a different point of views. Biophysical society includes many kinds of topics in various fields. I gave a poster presentation entitled "Simultaneous observation of the three-dimensional orientation and position of a single fluorescent probe "on the last day of the annual meeting. In the presentation, I talked about the development of new microscopy to simultaneously measure three dimensional orientation and movement of a fluorescently labeled single molecule. I wanted to talk with scientists in any field, since our developed new microscopy has particular applicability for various biophysical studies interested in a wide range of dynamic processes of single molecule. Actually, I could talk with many people in different field. Some of them provided crucial comments and helpful advices. I also visited other presentations to collect new information for future research. It was exciting and rewarding for me to get the latest reports on many field and discuss with scientists from around the world. Especially, I tried to talk with people in other field in the poster and platform session because I feel that ideas and thinking in chemistry and physics is important to advance the research in biology. Biophysical meeting is one of the best places to progress multidisciplinary research. Finally, I greatly appreciate GCOE program for the financial support and giving me a chance to attend this meeting.

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