JSPS AWARD FOR EMINENT SCIENTISTS PROGRAM in 2004

 
  1. Eminent Foreign Scientist
  2. Name:
    Dr. Fritz Melchers
    Title & Affiliation:
    Professor of University of Basel
    Nationality:
    Germany

  3. Duration of Stay
  4. November 2, 2004 - December 4, 2004

  5. Reception surroundings
  6. Laboratory:
    Division of Immunology,
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    The Institute of Medical Science
    The University of Tokyo
    Position during the reception term:
    Eminent Foreign Scientist
    Other special mention:
    None

  7. Schedule during the stay
  8. Year/Month/Day Visiting place/Contents
    2004  
    November 2 Arrived at Narita, Japan
    2-4 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
    5 Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University
    of Tokyo (Lecture, seminar and information exchanges)
    6-7 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
    8-10 RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe
    (Seminar, information exchanges and cooperative research)
    11-13 Tottori University, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Medicine
    (Lecture and advice for graduate students)
    14-15 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
    16 Institute of Molecular and Cellular Sciences, University of Tokyo
    (Seminar, information exchanges and cooperative research)
    17-23 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
    24-27 Graduate School of Biosciences, Kyoto University
    (Lecture, and advice for graduate students)
    28-29 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
    November/
    December
    30-3 34th Annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Immunology,
    Sapporo(Research advice and cooperative research))
    December 4 Left from Narita to Basel, Switzerland

  9. Report on 2004 Program and Accomplishment
  10. We accepted Professor Fritz Melchers as the Eminent Scientist to pursue the 2004 Program according to proposal for 2004. During his stay, he officially visited Professor Tadashi Yamamoto (Director, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo), Professor Atsushi Miyajima (Director, the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Sciences, University of Tokyo), Professor Makoto Asashima (Dean, Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo), Dr. Shinichi Nishikawa (Deputy director, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe), Professor Shinichi Hayashi (Tottori University, School of Biosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Yonago), and Professor Kayo Inaba (Dean, Graduate School of Biosciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto), and discussed about general affairs on future perspectives of research projects in the field of immunology and bioscience and on training courses of young scientists including graduate students. He made a research seminar in each Institution and joined research seminars. He met and discussed over 30 scientists and more than 100 graduate students.
    (1) Professor Melchers extensively discussed each graduate student about experimental data and future research direction and made advice in the Division of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo; Division of Immunology, School of biosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University; and Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University.
    (2) Professor Melchers presented his data and idea at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (University of Tokyo); RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe; Faculty of Medicine (Tottori University, Yonago); and RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (Yokohama). He also exchanged information about modern immunology and biosciences with senior scientists and students in each institution. Dr. Satoshi Takaki and Kiyoshi Takatsu (the Division of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo) are doing collaborative research on early development of hematopoietic cells including B cells.
    (3) Professor Melchers attended the 34th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Immunology (JSI) that was held in Sapporo and discussed with many established immunologists about current topics of Immunology. He also discussed with Council members of the JSI and advised future directions for JSI.

  11. Contribution to the University of Tokyo and its affiliated Institutions
  12. (1) Professor Melchers discussed with Professor Tadashi Yamamoto (Director, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo) and Professor Atsushi Miyajima (Director, the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo) about research and educational environment at the University of Tokyo. He also visited more than 10 laboratories within the University of Tokyo and extensively discussed about directions of modern biosciences and translational researches.
    (2) In the Division of Immunology, Institute of Medical Science, Professor Melchers carried out collaborative researches in which he taught how to cultivate fetal liver cells from wild type and Lnk-deficient mice on stroma cells. We will clarify the molecular mechanisms of the fate decision of precursor B cells to B-1 and B-2 differentiation. Each member of the division including faculty staff, postdoctoral fellow and graduate student presented own data in English and discussed extensively about interpretation of the data and future direction. Dr. Melchers always encouraged us and suggested important issues for each project.
    (3) Professor Melchers made a seminar at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Graduate School of Sciences about "Molecular mechanisms of gene rearrangement of K-light chain gene" and Molecular basis of B cell precursors".
    (4) Professor Melchers encouraged graduate students to present scientific data in English.

  13. Miscellaneous
  14. Professor Melchers always encouraged young junior scientists and suggested important issues to keep in mind to accomplish fine works and present in English with confidence.
 
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