The 13th Science Café event titled "Inflammation: Friend or Foe of Our Body?" to be held on June 12, 2013.

Science café series titled "Science Café on the Edge: What the Cutting-Edge Researchers are Searching and Finding" have been held as part of outreach activities of the AKIRA Project, FIRST Program for the purpose of introducing research activities and achievements to the general public in an easy-to-understand manner.



Science cafés are interactive events where the public scientists and people in a local community can enjoy face-to-face conversation with scientists about latest topics of science in a casual setting. A facilitator assists in the smooth discussion between participants and scientists.

At the 13th Science Café, the guest speaker will explain in detail about "Inflammation" which is familiar phenomenon to everyone but is not exactly understood.

We look forward to your participation in the event.

Why not come to our science café event to talk lively with researchers about "inflammation" at dusk in early summer?

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13th Science Café


Inflammation: Friend or Foe of Our Body?

Date & Time

Wednesday, June 12, 2013   6:30pm-8:30pm
 (The venue will open at 6:00pm.)


Art Area B1
 (B1F Concourse at Naniwabashi Stn. of Keihan Electric Railway Nakanoshima Line)
 *Approx.5-min.walk from Osaka Subway Kitahama Stn.


Prof. Osamu Takeuchi
 (Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University, Japan)


Assist. Prof. Akiko Tsumura
(WPI-Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, Japan)


Approx. 40 people(*No pre-registration is required.)




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We sometimes have a fever or our joints hurt when we have a cold. This is inflammatory reaction, one of the responses of our body to infection through immune system. Infection is a well-known phenomenon, but it is only in recent years the mechanisms of inflammatory reaction, "Why" & "How" it happens, has been analyzed and clarified.
We found that inflammatory reaction related not only with infectious disease but also with other disorders such as autoimmune disease in which the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system, cancer, and metabolic syndrome.
In the Science Café, the guest speaker will explain about molecular mechanisms of onset and control of inflammatory reaction and underlying connection with disease. We would like to share with participants what has been figured out from inflammation research and what is yet to be revealed in order to understand more about inflammation.

Guest's Profile

 Prof. Osamu Takeuchi

20130613_Takeuchi.jpg (Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University, Japan)

After receiving his Ph.D. from Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Prof. Takeuchi engaged in research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University and Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University. He is currently a Professor of Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University. His current research subjects include molecular mechanism of inflammation control, using genetically-modified mice.

Facilitator's Profile

 Dr. Akiko Tsumura

 (WPI-Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, Japan)

After receiving her Ph.D. from Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Dr. Tsumura engaged in research at research institutes at home and abroad. She is currently a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor of WPI-Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, and serves as a Research Promotion Coordinator for the AKIRA Project, FIRST Program.

*The name of Science café organized by the AKIRA Project has been changed from "Café on the edge" into "Science café on the edge".


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