The 5th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules (ISTbM-5)

ISTbM-5 with the 13th Hirata Award and the 3rd Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award

Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) will be holding "The 5th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules (ISTbM-5)" on November 20-21, 2017 at the Noyori Conference Hall in Nagoya University, Japan. This international symposium brings together speakers who are world-class scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry, and theoretical sciences. In conjunction with ISTbM-5, award lectures from the 13th Hirata Award Winner, Professor David Nicewicz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), and the 3rd Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award Winner, Professor Maria Barna (Stanford University, USA) will also be delivered. The 5th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules Date: November 20-21, 2017 Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Japan Invited Lecturers: • Paul Wender (Stanford University, USA) • Jenny Russinova (Ghent University, Belgium) • Masaki Kita (Nagoya University, Japan) • Julian Schroeder (University California San Diego, USA) • Toshinori Kinoshita (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan) • Kazunari Yoshizawa (Kyushu University, Japan) • John Hogenesch (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA) • Katsunori Tanaka (RIKEN, Japan) • Kenichiro Itami (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan) The 13th Hirata Award Award Winner: • David Nicewicz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) “New avenues in synthesis via organic photoredox catalysis” The Hirata Memorial Lecture started in 2005 at Nagoya University and is an international award granted to a rising star in the field of organic chemistry. This award was established in memory of the great achievements of the late Dr. Yoshimasa Hirata, the Honorary Professor of Nagoya University. Dr. Hirata is known for the discovery of many natural products, including tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin found in puffer fish, and has greatly contributed to the advancement of natural product chemistry. He has also been the supervisor of many prestigious organic chemists, such as the following University Professors of Nagoya University: Dr. Osamu Shimomura (2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry), Dr. Koji Nakanishi (Colombia University), and Dr. Yoshito Kishi (Harvard University). Throughout the years, the Hirata Memorial Lecture has invited many distinguished young chemists and has grown to become an internationally recognized honor in organic chemistry. From 2015, the Lecture has changed its name to the “Hirata Award” and is organized by ITbM. The 3rd Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award Award Winner: • Maria Barna (Stanford University, USA) “Ribosome heterogeneity in translating the genetic code” The Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award was established in 2015 in memory of the great achievements of Dr. Tsuneko Okazaki, University Professor and the late Dr. Reiji Okazaki, Honorary Professor of Nagoya University. Drs. Okazaki are known for their discovery of the Okazaki Fragment, which are short DNA fragments that are formed during DNA replication, and have contributed to advancing the field of molecular biology as well as inspired subsequent generations of researchers. The Okazaki Award is an international award that is presented to a young leading scientist, who has made significant contributions in the field of life sciences by one’s unique approaches and techniques. Sponsored by: Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University ( (link below) Registration: Free of charge Please register online: (link below) About WPI-ITbM ( The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University in Japan is committed to advance the integration of synthetic chemistry, plant/animal biology and theoretical science, all of which are traditionally strong fields in the university. ITbM is one of the research centers of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program established by the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The aim of ITbM is to develop transformative bio-molecules, innovative functional molecules capable of bringing about fundamental change to biological science and technology. Research at ITbM is carried out in a "Mix Lab" style, where international young researchers from various fields work together side-by-side in the same lab, enabling interdisciplinary interaction. Through these endeavors, ITbM will create "transformative bio-molecules" that will dramatically change the way of research in chemistry, biology and other related fields to solve urgent problems, such as environmental issues, food production and medical technology that have a significant impact on the society.

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From 20 Nov 2017
Until 21 Nov 2017
Nagoya, Japan
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