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Systems Biology Across the Pacific: from Molecules to Ecosystems

7-8 November, 2013
Universidad de Chile

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November 7 (Thu.) 14:30-18:00 and November 8 (Fri.) 9:00-13:00


Room 15-S, Beauchef Campus, Universidad de Chile



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Biological sciences including medical sciences and biotechnology have become one of the most important fields in science and industry in the emerging countries of Latin America. With the vast information of genome data and protein structure as well as the advance on stem cell technology, we are entering into a new world of biological sciences, Systems Biology. In this workshop, researchers from the University of Tokyo, University of Chile and Catolica University will present recent advances in their research, covering fields such as structural biology, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology to genome science, Plant Phylogeny and Paleobotany, and discuss future directions and collaborative works in each field.


7 Nov – 8 Nov
Organizers: Profs. Hiroyuki Takeda, Miguel Allende, and Juan Larraín

November 7th

14:30 - 15:00 Opening remarks by organizers
15:00 - 15:30 J. C. Letelier: From Natural History to theoretical thinking; Possible venues of cooperation in biological research between Japan and Chile
15:30 - 16:00 H. Takeda: New insight into biomineralizatoin from the medaka mutant, ha
16:00 - 16:30 J. Larraín: Transcriptome analysis of spinal cord regeneration in Xenopus laevis
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 - 17:30 Y. Iino: Where to go? - Neural circuit mechanisms for migration behaviors in C. elegans
17:30 - 18:00 B. Van Zundert: Role of PSD95 in NMDAR-mediated neuronal branching: epigenetic regulation of its expression during neuronal development

November 7th / Concurrent mini-symposium: The origin and dynamics of Chilean vegetation, organized by H. Nishida and K. Takayama

15:00 - 15:30 H. Nishida: Vegetation Changes in Patagonia and Antarctica since the Late Cretaceous reconstructed from permieralized plant debris assemblages
15:30 - 16:00 L. F. Hinojosa: Cenozoic legacies to the biogeography of the southern South American forests
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 K. Takayama: Evolution and genetic diversity of endemic plants in the Juan Fernández Archipelago
17:00 - 17:30 P. Lopez: Adaptive radiation in plant of Chile continental, the long way of Hypochaeris

November 8th

9:00 - 9:30 Y. Fukada: Biological clocks generating a 24-hours rhythm in mammals
9:30 - 10:00 L. Larrondo: Photoreception and circadian regulation in fungi: defining gene regulatory networks and the impact of light and clocks on fungal traits
10:00 - 10:30 T. Tsukahara: Epigenetic regulation of key developmental genes in the medaka genome
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 A. Nakano: Cutting-edge live cell imaging to understand mechanisms of membrane traffic
11:30 - 12:00 M. Allende: Resilience of the zebrafish mechanosensory system: robust regenerative potential in all its cellular components
12:00 - 12:30 O. Nureki: Molecular mechanism of channel rhodopsin and its application to optogenetics
12:30 - 13:00 Round table discussion and concluding remarks


Hiroyuki Takeda Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo
Akihiko Nakano Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo
Harufumi Nishida Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo & Chuo University
Yuichi Iino Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo
Yoshitaka Fukada Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo
Osamu Nureki Professor, Graduate School of Science, UTokyo
Tatsuya Tsukahara Assistant Professor, UTokyo
Koji Takayama Assistant Professor, UTokyo
Juan Larraín Professor, U.Católica
Luis Larrondo Professor, U.Católica
Miguel Allende Professor, UChile
Juan Carlos Letelier Professor, UChile
Luis Felipe Hinojosa Professor, UChile
Patricio Lopez Professor, UConcepción
Brigitte Van Zundert Professor, U.Andrés Bello