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Italian Research Day in the World 2022. Seminar on neuroscience

Seminar “Italian Brains in Japan: Italian Researchers studying Neuroscience in Japan”

The human brain is a fascinating organ controlling the nervous system, which we still fail to understand completely. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that try to disentangle the brain cognitive functions, and to understand the biological basis of learning, memory, consciousness, and all the typically human behaviours. The recent advances in handling big data and in artificial intelligence are pushing neuroscience towards new frontiers.

Italian researchers at the forefront of neuroscience work in Japan. Therefore, on occasion of the Italian Research Day in the World 2022, we want to showcase their innovative research activities, in collaboration with the Association of the Italian Researchers in Japan (AIRJ). This event is also a part of the Italian Samurai initiative, also carried out in collaboration with AIRJ.

Venue: Italian Institute of Culture (IIC) in Tokyo

Date: 22 April 2022, 17.00-18.30

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The event will be live streamed from 10.00 am to 11.30 (Italian time) at:


17.00 – 17.10 Introduction

– Welcome Dr. Alberto Manai (IIC Director)

– Opening Remarks H.E. Gianluigi Benedetti (Ambassador of Italy to Japan)

– Greetings Prof. Sarah Cosentino, Waseda University (AIRJ President)

17.10 – 18.30 Scientific talks

17.10 – 17.30 “From virtual to reality: physical, cognitive and neural effects of virtual training on the bodily self”, Dr. Dalila Burin (Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC), Tohoku University)

17.30 – 17.50 “Investigating axonal molecular dynamics in regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases”, Dr. Marco Terenzio (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, OIST)

17.50 – 18.10 “New frontiers in brain science: lasers, deep-nets, and big data”, Dr. Andrea Benucci (RIKEN Center for Brain Science)

18.10 – 18.30 Panel Discussion with Dr. Aurelio Cortese (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Kyoto), Prof. Ludovico Minati (Tokyo Institute of Technology), and the other speakers 

Moderator – Prof. Enrico Traversa (Scientific Counsellor, Embassy of Italy in Japan)