JSPS awards for eminent scientists
 

JSPS AWARD FOR EMINENT SCIENTISTS PROGRAM in 2005


  1. Eminent Foreign Scientist

    Name: Dr. Fritz Melchers
    Title & Affiliation: Professor of University of Basel
    Nationality: Germany


  2. Duration of Stay

    Mar 10, 2005 – Mar 31, 2005


  3. Reception surroundings

    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


  4. Schedule during Stay

    Year/Month/Day Visiting place/Contents
    2005  
    March 10 Arrived at Narita, Japan
      11–12 Kyoto University
    (Symposium "Regulation of immune Diversity and Surveillance")
      14 University of Tokyo
    (Official visit to the President)
      15 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    (Official visit to the Director)
      16 Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo
    (Official visit to the Dean)
      17 Tokyo Medical and Dental University
    (Research advice and group discussion)
      18 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
      22–23 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Information exchanges and cooperative research)
      24 University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
      25 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
     (Plenary Lecture and Symposium)
      28 University of Tokyo
    (Information exchanges and cooperative research)
      29–30 Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
    (Research advice and cooperative research)
      31 Left from Narita to Basel, Switzerland


  5. Report on 2005 Program and Accomplishment

    We accepted Professor Fritz Melchers as the Eminent Scientist to pursue the 2005 Program according to proposal for 2005. During his stay, he officially visited Professor Kenichi Iga (Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Professor Isao Kiso (Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Professor Hiroshi Komiyama (President, University of Tokyo), Professor Nobutaka Hirokawa (Dean, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo). 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; University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine; and Tokyo Medical and Dental University.
    (2) 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 Symposium "Regulation of immune Diversity and Surveillance".
    (4) Professor Melchers presented his recent data and idea in the Symposium on ”Decoding B Cell Development and Signaling“ at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo.



  6. Contribution to the University of Tokyo and its affiliated Institutions

    (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.


  7. Miscellaneous

    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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