Date: Thursday, April 3 - Saturday, April 5, 2014

Location: Rockefeller University in New York City

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Rockefeller University, New York City

Theme: "Human Immunology in Health and Disease"
Keynote speaker: Dr. Shigekazu Nagata

I obtained a Ph.D. in 1977 from University of Tokyo for the thesis “Purification and characterization of polypeptide chain elongation factor from pig liver”. From 1977 to 1981, I did post-doctoral research in laboratory of Prof. Charles Weissmann (Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Zürich), where we identified human interferon-? cDNA. In 1982, I returned to Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo as an assistant professor, and identified cDNA for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). In 1987, I was appointed as a Head of Molecular Biology Department of Osaka Bioscience Institute, where we characterized G-CSF receptor, and started to work on apoptosis. From 1995-2007, I was a professor in Department of Genetics, Osaka University Medical School. In 2007, I moved to Kyoto University as a professor in Department of Medical Chemistry, Graduate School of Medicine. I was a president of Japanese Biochemical Society (2005-2006), and Japanese Society of Molecular Biology (2007-2008). I was a councilor for Human Frontier Science Program in Strasbourg from 2006 to 2009, and a member of Science Council of Japan since 2008. I serve as an editorial member of various journals including Science, Immunity, and Cancer Cell. The awards include Emil von Behring Prize (Germany), Robert Koch Award (Germany), and Prix Lacassagne (France). I am the recipient of Japan Academy Prize and Imperial Prize from the Japan Academy, recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit from the Japanese Government in 2001 and nominated to an associate of The Japan Academy in 2010. I obtained a Honorary Doctorate from University of Zürich in 2012. I received Tomizo Yoshida Award (Japanese Cancer Association) and Debrecen Award for Moleculare Medicine from Debrecen University (Hungary) in 2012.


Kunkel Speaker
Shigekaza Nagata
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Yenan Bryceson
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Jean-Michel Claverie
University of Mediterranée School of Medicine & National Scientific Resource Center (CNRS), Marseille, France

Marco Colonna
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Mark Davis
Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford, CA

Philippe Gros
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Bana Jabri
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Jay Kolls
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Lewis Lanier
University of California San Francisco, CA

Yong-Jun Liu
Baylor Institute for Immunology Research Dallas, TX

Michel Nussenzweig
The RockefellerUniversity, New York, NY

Virginia Pascual
Baylor Institute for Immunology Research Dallas, TX

Lluis Quintana-Murci
Institut Pasteur Paris, France

Federica Sallusto
Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, Switzerland

Anthony Segal
UCL, London, UK

Jean-Claude Weill
University Paris Descartes Paris, France