Keio University Institute for Advanced Biosciences 15th Anniversary Symposium
October 3, 2016
A symposium commemorating the 15th anniversary of Keio’s Institute for Advanced Biosciences (IAB) was held on Saturday, September 17. Titled “Changing the World from Tsuruoka, Yamagata”, it was held at Tsuruoka Municipal's Tsuruoka Advanced Research Industry Support Center Lecture Hall on Tsuruoka Metabolome Campus.
The Institute for Advanced Biosciences was established in Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture together with Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio (TTCK) in April 2001 as a bioscience research institute in the field of Integrated Systems Biology.
At the symposium, President Seike gave an address, followed by Vice Governor of Yamagata Prefecture Tomoyuki Hosoya, speaking on behalf of Governor Mieko Yoshimura. The Director of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Professor Masaru Tomita, and other professors then reflected on the past 15 years of TTCK, which was followed by seven young researchers who looked ahead to the next 15 years―introducing the current status and prospects of the wide-ranging research conducted at the campus, including research into understanding the high functional expression of spider silk, the search for disease markers using metabolome data, brain-inspired artificial intelligence, intestinal bacteria analysis, and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
In the panel discussions “Town×Science×Art” and “Creating Healthy Ageing Communities from Tsuruoka” that ensued, panelists exchanged opinions on the research conducted at the Institute of Advanced Biosciences and the various bio ventures that emerged from those research activities, research and educational initiatives that foster collaboration with the city of Tsuruoka and its residents, and approaches to town planning that integrate art and science.
A total of more than 350 participants, including researchers, students, and local residents, gathered at the main and remote venues. There was a strong sense of enthusiasm and expectation among the participants for the Institute of Advanced Biosciences, which is growing as an international hub for bioresearch firmly rooted in Tsuruoka, Yamagata.