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Keio Longevity Initiative Kick-off Symposium (Top Global University Project)

Update:Nov. 06, 2014

On the morning of Saturday, November 1, the Keio Longevity Initiative Kick-off Symposium was held at the 8th Floor Hall of the Mita Campus East Research Building, as part of the Top Global University Project.

In 2014, Keio University was selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the Top Global University Project (Type A). The structure of Keio's project consists of three clusters of research that integrate the humanities and the sciences: namely the pillars of Longevity, Security and Creativity. With the focus on Longevity, the symposium drew invited world-leading researchers in the field, and was conducted entirely in English.

For his opening introduction, President Atsushi Seike talked about the common theme for Keio’s Top Global University Project of "Enhancing Sustainability of a Global Society," and the efforts over the next ten years to advance world-class research and education. Particularly, he mentioned that this symposium which gathered world-leading researchers from the field of health sciences where Keio University excels was an extremely valuable opportunity.

Following President Seike were presentations on a wide range of topics, starting with Prof. Shin-ichiro Imai from the Washington University School of Medicine (also an alumnus of Keio University) speaking on the topic of "Hypothalamic regulation of physiological rhythm, aging, and longevity in mammals." Prof. Samuel Klein, also from the Washington University's School of Medicine then gave a presentation titled "Metabolically normal and abnormal obesity," Harvard Medical School's Prof. David Sinclair presented on "Modulating NAD levels to reverse aging and treat age-related diseases," and a fourth speaker—the third from the Washington University School of Medicine—Prof. Rajendra Apte, gave his presentation, "Metabolic networks in the aging eye." The audience, primarily students and researchers, listened with rapt attention.

Lastly, the Dean of the Keio Graduate School of Medicine, Hideyuki Okano, who is leading the Longevity Cluster, gave a small speech and the symposium drew to a close.

In the afternoon following the symposium, the "Aging Forum 2014-Metabolism, Aging and NAD+/Sirtuin Biology," was held in the same hall.

Inside the hall
Inside the hall
President Seike gives his address
President Seike gives his address

Prof. Shin-ichiro Imai of Washington University
Prof. Shin-ichiro Imai of Washington University
Prof. Samuel Klein of Washington University
Prof. Samuel Klein of Washington University

Prof. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School
Prof. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School
Prof. Rajendra Apte of Washington University
Prof. Rajendra Apte of Washington University

The presenters and President Seike having a friendly chat
The presenters and President Seike having a friendly chat
President Seike shakes hands with the presenters
President Seike shakes hands with the presenters

Photo: Susumu Ishito