Invitation to Osaka University Frontier Biosciences Summer School 2006

Osaka University Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences is pleased to announce the opening of Frontier Biosciences Summer School for the Summer 2006, with financial support by the 21-st Century Center of Excellence (COE) award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The Summer School consists of a week of intensive lectures by our faculty, followed by one week of hands-on experience in a laboratory of our faculty members.

(See our brochure (right) and faculty list and their research interests page at: http://www.fbs.osaka-u.ac.jp/eng/labo/index.html).

The course is ideal for prospective foreign students considering a longer stay as graduate students at our Graduate School. All foreign students accepted in this course will receive round-trip airfare from a major international airport in their country to Osaka University and reasonable stipend to cover expenses during their stay. Accommodation is provided at an off-campus facility. Please obtain a traveller's medical insurance in your country for the duration of travel, as we are not able to cover this part of expense.

Applicants must submit a completed application form and supporting materials as indicated below by the deadline. We will review all eligibile applcations and select approximately 15 to 18 foreign students. Selection results will be notified shortly after the deadline.

 


Summer School 2006 Poster download
[7.7MB PDF file]



 

Summer School Summary and Transit Directions

 
Date

July 3~July 14, 2006

July 3: Overview Lectures (all courses combined)
July 4-7: Course Lectures
July 7, afternoon: Student Presentations
July 10-14: Lab Experience
July 12 5pm-7pm: Frontier Bioscience Student Colloquium

  Language English
 
Location

COE Summer School 2006
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University
1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-0871 JAPAN
Telephone: 06-6850-6522


Some lectures and lab experience sessions will be held at the Toyonaka Campus.

  Directions from Kansai International Airport to Hotel PDF file (2.3MB) of directions from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to your hotel via Osaka (Itami) Airport.
  Directions from Shin-Osaka to Hotel For those who are arriving at Tokyo Narita Airport or Nagoya Airport and coming to Osaka via Shinkansen (Bullet train). ==>> PDF file (1.9MB).
  Directions from Hotel to Suita and Toyonaka Campuses PDF file (1.4MB) of directions from the hotel to Suita and Toyonaka Campuses. For the first day, our staff will come to the hotel in the morning of July 3 to escort you to the Osaka Univ. Suita Campus.
  Directions from Hotel to Toyonaka Campus ONLY for Neuroscience course students on July 4 and 6. ==>> PDF file (2.1MB).
  How to buy a "Surutto Kansai" card A "Surutto Kansai" card is a prepaid transit ticket for Kansai area (including Osaka and its suburbs, and Kyoto, Nara, Kobe areas). It is good for Monorail and most railways, subways, local buses. Among the unfortunate exceptions are JR trains and buses and long-distance buses including airport limosine buses. It may be used multiple times across different companies as long as the money remains on the card. The remaining amount is printed on the back after each use. You will not be able to "recharge" the card. You can enter the gate and ride as long as the remaning amount is not zero. For the last use, the insufficient fare can be settled using a machine before you exit at the destination station. Unless you settle, the gate machine will not open. These machines are near the exit gates. ==>> PDF file (28KB).


All invited students will attend overview lectures on the first day, Monday July 3, 2006. For the remaining 4 days (July 4~7) of lectures (may include lab visits), there will be 3 separate courses: 1:Neuroscience, 2:Nanobiology and Photonics, and 3:Molecular and Cell Biology. The applicant must indicate a course he/she wishes to take on the application. During the second week (July 10-14), students will join our faculty members' laboratories in small numbers (1 or 2 max per lab), and experience the lab activities first hand.

Detailed Schedule
Date Overview Lectures

Mon
July 3

Place: Suita Campus, Frontier Bioscience Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room

09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome by Toshio Yanagida, COE Program Director
10:10 - 11:00 Hisato Kondoh: "The genes and animal body plan"
11:10 - 12:00 Kiyoji Tanaka: "Maintenance of genetic information in the cells"

Lunch

13:30 - 14:20 Keiichi Namba: "Structural biology of macromolecular nano- machine”
14:30 - 15:20 Shuichi Kinoshita: "Physical approach to order formation in nature"

Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:35 Fujio Murakami: "Development of the nervous system"
16:45 - 17:35 Izumi Ohzawa: "Visual receptive fields and information processing"

 

Unless individually noted below or announced, course lecures start at 9:30AM, and 13:00 in the afternoon.
Date
Course Lectures
1: Neuroscience
 
2: Nanobiology and Photonics
 
3: Molecular and Cell Biology
Tue
July 4

(Starts at 9:30 )
Fujita Lab
- "Visual Neuroscience: why interesting and challenging?"
(Toyonaka Campus, Engineering Science Building-J, 4F J416) ----- Directions from Hotel: PDF 2.1MB)

  Yanagida Lab - "Brain function as biosystem" Akitoshi Seiyama

Starts at 10:00
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room)
 

AM
Kiyoji Tanaka - "Interplay between DNA repair and transcription: From molecular mechanism to human disease"
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 1F Seminar Room)

PM
Fumio Hanaoka - "Molecular biology of translesion synthesis"
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 1F Seminar Room)

Wed
July 5

(Starts at 10:00 )
Yamamoto Lab
- "Molecular mechanisms for neuronal circuit formation"
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 1F Seminar Room)

  Kawamura Lab - "Molecular physiology of photoreceptor cell" by Shuji Tachibanaki

Starts at 10:00
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room)
 

AM
Eisuke Mekada - "EGF family of growth factors"
(at RIMD, Biken Main Building, 1F Biken Conference Room 1 )


PM (Starts at 13:30 )
Nojima Lab - "Cell cycle and cancer"
(at RIMD, Biken Main Building, 1F Biken Conference Room 1 )

1) 13:30 - 14:30 Hiroshi Nojima: Introduction to Cell cycle and cancer
2) 14:30 - 15:30 Hiroyuki Shimizu: Novel role of Cyclin G-associated kinase (GAK) in the nucleus
Coffee Break
3) 15:45 - 16:45 Nobuhiro Okada: Lats2 is an essential mitotic regulator required for mitotic exit.
4) 16:45 - 17:00: Discussions

Thu
July 6
AM (Starts at 9:30 )
Ohzawa Lab - "Vision, motivation and learning" by Izumi Ohzawa and Yasushi Kobayashi
(Toyonaka Campus, Engineering Science Building-J, 3F J306 ----- Directions from Hotel: PDF 2.1MB)


PM (13:00 - 15:00)
Ogura Lab - "Reproducing brain memory in vitro"
(Toyonaka Campus, School of Science Main Building 4F, A427)
  Namba Lab - "Macromolecular nano-machine" by Katsumi Imada

Starts at 10:00
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building3F)
  AM
Toru Nakano - "Stem cell system and germ cell development"
(School of Medicine, Basic Research Building 7F, Pathology Seminar Room B70-13)



PM (Starts at 13:30 )
Masayuki Miyasaka - "How do cells find their home?"
(School of Medicine, Biomedical Research Building 9F, Room E90-17)
Fri
July 7

AM (Starts at 10:00 )
Yagi Lab - "Diversity of brain"
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 8F Conference Room)




PM (Starts at 13:30 )
Student Presentations
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 8F Conference Room)

  AM
Kinoshita Lab - "Nano-photonics" by Junji Watanabe and Shinya Yoshioka

Starts at 10:00
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 2F, Kinoshita Lab)


PM (Starts at 15:00 )
Visit to Kinoshita Lab
Student Presentations
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 2F, Kinoshita Lab)
  AM
Hiroshi Hamada - "Patterning of the mouse embryo"
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room)



PM (Starts at 13:00 )
Student Presentations
(Suita Campus, Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room)
           
Date
Lab Experience Week
Mon
July 10
Lab experience in assigned laboratory
Tue
July 11
Lab experience in assigned laboratory
Wed
July 12

Lab experience in assigned laboratory (until 16:30)

17:00 - 19:00: International Frontier Bioscience Student Colloquium
Place: Suita Campus, Frontier Bioscience Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room

Research presentations by 6 Summer School students, who have been selected from 32 participants on July 7.

Course 1: Neuroscience
Michelle To (University of Cambridge; Canada)
     "Testing a visual-cortex based model of human visual discrimination in naturalistic images"
Mikio Inagaki (Fujita Lab)
     "Exploring neural mechanisms of face recognition"

Course 2: Nanobiology and Photonics
Edward J. Botcherby (University of Oxford; UK)
     "Scanning two-photon fluorescence microscopy with extended depth of focus"
Yuki Kikuchi (Namba Lab)
     "Crystallization of the flagellar rod cap protein FlgJ from Salmonella typhimurium"

Course 3: Molecular and Cell Biology
Priscilla Tang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong; China)
     "New transcription factors for early eye formation in mouse"
Masayuki Sato (Yanagida Lab)
     "Directional migration of Dictyostelium amoeba in an electric field"


19:00 - ... : Party

Thu
July 13
Lab experience in assigned laboratory
Fri
July 14

Lab experience in assigned laboratory (until 16:00)

16:30 Closing Ceremony
Place: Suita Campus, Frontier Bioscience Nanobiology Building 3F Seminar Room

Participating Laboratories
  Course Laboratories
1 Neuroscience

Ogura Lab - Synaptic Plasticity Laboratory
Ohzawa Lab - Visual Neuroscience Laboratory
Fujita Lab - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Yagi Lab - KOKORO-Biology Laboratory (molecular basis of brain function)
Yamamoto Lab - Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

2 Nanobiology and Photonics

Inoue Lab - Nano-Biophotonics Laboratory
Kawamura Lab - Sensory Transduction Laboratory
Kinoshita Lab - Nonequilibrium Physics Laboratory
Namba Lab - Protonic NanoMachine Laboratory
Yanagida Lab - Soft Biosystem Laboratory

3 Molecular and Cell Biology

Hamada Lab - Developmental Genetics Laboratory
Hanaoka Lab - Cellular Biology Laboratory
Kondoh Lab - Developmental Biology Laboratory
Mekada Lab - Laboratory of Intercellular Communications
Miyasaka Lab - Laboratory of Immunodynamics
Nakano Lab - Pathology Division
Nojima Lab - Department of Molecular Genetics
Tanaka Lab - Human Cell Biology Laboratory
Yoneda Lab - Biomolecular Dynamics Laboratory


All inquiries should be addressed to:

COE Summer School 2006
Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences,
Osaka University
1-3 Yamadaoka, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-0871 JAPAN

Telephone: +81-6-6850-6522 (from outside Japan, 81 is the contry code for Japan), 06-6850-6522 (within Japan)