Symposium for General Audience "Future Medical Treatment Created by Immunology" was held

Open symposium of the AKIRA Project entitled, "Future Medical Treatment Created by Immunology" was held at the MIRAICAN Hall, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), on February 1, Saturday, 2014, which saw 167 participants in total.


At the Symposium, Professor Shizuo Akira, the Core Researcher of the AKIRA Project first gave a lecture on "Potential of New Treatments Created by Immunology." Among the research outcomes of the AKIRA Project lasted for more than four years, especially three topics were introduced that created the potential of medical treatments for the diseases caused by inflammation, and they were explained to the general audience intelligibly.


Following the first lecture Dr. Kunihiro Hattori (Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.) gave a lecture entitled, "Antibody Drugs - the Potential and Prospect," and talked about how medicines using antibodies were developed, particularly from the perspective of the molecular structures of antibodies. He also mentioned that the field of antibody drugs was the market rapidly growing in recent years, although on the other hand, it required a prolonged period of time to make into a product.


Subsequently to the two lectures there was a talk session under the coordination of Ms. Yukiko Motomura, member of Editorial Board of the Mainichi Newspaper. Dr. Tomohiro Kurosaki, specially Appointed Professor (Osaka University), Dr. Junichi Taguchi, hospital Director (Tokyo Midtown Clinic), and Ms. Yuri Kato, personality, took the podium, in addition to the two lecturers previously mentioned.


In this session opinions from various viewpoints were submitted and deep discussion was held on how the way for creating new medical treatments for diseases such as cancer and allergic diseases could be paved in the future by the development of immunology research


Selected newspaper article (PDF 3.8MB) → please click here

Selected pictures of the event (for larger images, please click the pictures below)

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You can download the poster and flyer here (Only in Japanese). → poster (PDF 1.5MB), flyer (PDF 1.2MB)


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