Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) will be holding "The 6th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules (ISTbM-6)" on October 4-5, 2018 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-6, award lectures will also be delivered from the 14th Hirata Award Winner, Professor Rubén Martín (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain) and the 4th Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award Winner, Professor Cyril Zipfel (University of Zürich, Switzerland). The 6th International Symposium on Transformative Bio-Molecules Date: October 4-5, 2018 Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Japan Invited Lecturers: • Bin Liu (National University of Singapore) • Masayasu Taki (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan) • Kenji Mizuguchi (National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition, Japan) • Rüdiger Simon (University of Düsseldorf, Germany) • Hitoshi Sakakibara (Nagoya University, Japan) • Satchidananda Panda (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA) • Roger Linington (Simon Fraser University, Canada) • Miki Imanishi (Kyoto University, Japan) • Takeshi Yanai (ITbM, Nagoya University, Japan) • Christopher S. Jeffrey (University of Nevada, Reno, USA) The 14th Hirata Award Award Winner: • Rubén Martín (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain) "Turning Simplicity into Complexity via Ni catalysis: From Comprehension to Prediction" Professor Rubén Martín of the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Spain has been selected to receive the 14th Hirata Award on October 4, 2018 at Nagoya University in Japan. The Hirata Award is an international award presented each year to a rising star in the field of organic chemistry. Professor Martín receives the award in recognition of his research contribution to the “discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic methodologies”. Originally established as the Hirata Memorial Lecture, the award was established in memory of the great achievements of the late Dr. Yoshimasa Hirata, 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 contributed greatly to the advancement of natural product chemistry. He has also been the supervisor of many prestigious organic chemists, such as Nagoya University’s University Professors: 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 being organized by the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University. Previous winners of the award are: Professors Justin Dubois (2004), David R. Liu (2005), Phil S. Baran (2006), Peter H. Seeberger (2007), Scott J. Miller (2008), Jeffrey W. Bode (2009), Jin-Quan Yu (2010), Mohammad Movassaghi (2011), Tobias Ritter (2012), Martin D. Burke (2013), Ashraf Brik (2015), Emily Balskus (2016), and David A. Nicewicz (2017). The Hirata Award Committee is pleased to present the award to Professor Martín, and acknowledges his research on the development of new catalytic methods for the synthesis of relevant molecules through the activation of inert entities, such as carbon dioxide and C–H, C–C or C–O bonds. The catalytic methodologies developed by Professor Martín are highly desirable, as traditional methods require stoichiometric amounts of metal complexes or harsh conditions. Furthermore, Professor Martín likes to provide insight into the mechanism of these metal-catalyzed reactions, which will be relevant for devising applications of his chemistry. Having started his independent career in 2008, Professor Martín has already been rewarded with highly recognized awards including the 2010 RSEQ Young Investigator Award, 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, Eli Lilly Young Research Investigator Award 2011, 2015 RSEQ Excellent Research Award, 2017 OMCOS Award. More recently, he has received the 2018 Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lectureship and the 2019 Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award. The award lecture and ceremony are scheduled to take place on October 4, 2018 at the Noyori Conference Hall in Nagoya University. Hirata Award Committee Members: Daisuke Uemura (Chair), Takashi Ooi, Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Jeffrey W. Bode, Cathleen M. Crudden, Kenichiro Itami The 4th Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki Award Award Winner: • Cyril Zipfel (University of Zürich, Switzerland) "Plant innate immunity: from the plasma membrane to the field" Professor Cyril Zipfel (University of Zürich, Switzerland) has been selected to receive the 4th Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award on October 4, 2018 at Nagoya University in Japan. The Okazaki Award is an international award that is presented each year to a young leading scientist, who has made significant contributions in the field of life sciences by one’s unique approaches and techniques. Professor Zipfel receives the award in recognition of his contribution to the “understanding of the molecular basis of plant innate immunity”. The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University organizes the Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award, which was established in memory of the great achievements of Nagoya University’s University/Honorary Professors, Dr. Tsuneko Okazaki and the late Dr. Reiji Okazaki. Drs. Tsuneko and Reiji Okazaki are known for their discovery of the Okazaki Fragment, which are short DNA fragments that are formed during DNA replication. Their research has contributed greatly to advancing the field of molecular biology and has inspired subsequent generations of researchers. Previous winners of the award are: Professors Feng Zhang (2015), Yukiko Yamashita (2016), and Maria Barna (2017). The Okazaki Award Committee is pleased to present the award to Professor Zipfel, and acknowledges his research on the elucidation of signaling events involved in the establishment of immunity and growth in plants. Professor Zipfel’s work contributes to the understanding of how plant receptors work at the molecular level, which can be applicable to engineer more resilient crops. Professor Zipfel has been awarded competitive European Research Council Starting and Consolidator grants in 2012 and 2018, respectively, is a Highly Cited Researcher (2014-2017), and was awarded the prestigious Charles Albert Shull Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2015. Professor Zipfel will start a new position in June 2018 as Chair of Molecular & Cellular Plant Physiology at the University of Zürich in Switzerland. The award lecture and ceremony are scheduled to take place on October 4, 2018 at the Noyori Conference Hall in Nagoya University. Okazaki Award Committee Members: Kazuo Shinozaki (Chair), Gohta Goshima, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Michio Homma, Azusa Kamikouchi, Steve Kay, Toshinori Kinoshita, Ikue Mori, Keiko Torii, Takashi Yoshimura, Wolf Frommer Sponsored by: Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University Registration: Free of charge Please register online (link below) Contact: Ayato Sato Tel: +81-52-747-6856 E-mail: [email protected] 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", 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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