Webinar “Italy-Japan approaches to neural regeneration”
The spontaneous recovery of peripheral neural injuries, though greater than regeneration after injury of the central nervous system, is often incomplete, without reaching sufficient functionalities. Stem cell therapies are gaining attention as one of the most interesting approaches in the field of nerve repair therapies. Japan and Italy are leaders in neuroscience, and we already presented the work of Italian researchers operating in the field in Japan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWPfvGcZWfM). The event aims at showcasing the two Countries’ research excellence on the use of stem cells and regenerative medicine for neurological repair. The webinar is organized in collaboration with the Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), University of Turin, under the framework of the Italian Research Day in Japan 2022 and of the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Health and Medical Sciences between the Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and Italy’s Ministry of Health.
Venue: Webex platform
Date: 8 June 2022, 15.50-18.00 Japan time (8.50-11.00, Italy time)
15.50-15.54: Welcome and Opening Remarks – H.E. Gianluigi Benedetti (Ambassador of Italy to Japan)
15.54-15.58: Opening Greetings – Prof. Stefano Geuna (Rector of the University of Turin)
15.58-16.00: Introduction by the Moderator – Prof. Enrico Traversa (Scientific Counsellor, Embassy of Italy in Japan)
16.00-16.20: “Functional rejuvenation of aged neural stem cells” – Dr. Ryoichiro Kageyama (Director of the RIKEN Center for Brain Science)
16.20-16.40: “Striatal neuron transplantation for cell replacement in Huntington’s Disease: prospects and challenges” – Prof. Annalisa Buffo (Neuroscience Institute Cavalieri Ottolenghi (NICO), University of Turin)
16.40-17.00: “The brain mechanisms for recovery after spinal cord injury” – Prof. Tadashi Isa (Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi), Kyoto University)
17.00-17.20: “Neural stem cell transplantation and stretch-growth: a combinatorial approach to address spinal cord lesions” – Prof. Marco Onorati (Head of the Neural Stem Cell Lab, Department of Biology, University of Pisa)
17.20-18.00: Panel Discussion with the 4 speakers and Wrap-Up by the moderator Prof. Alessandro Vercelli, President of the Italian Neuroscience Society, Scientific Director of NICO, University of Turin.