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A message from The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) has led research and education in Japan since our foundation as a national university in 1877. For more than a century, we have been nurturing minds that have gone on to explore space, win Nobel Prizes and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. Today, over 5,500 faculty and over 27,000 students make UTokyo one of the most important global hubs of research and education in one of Asia’s most exciting cities.
UTokyo has long been known as Japan’s premier institution of higher education and for our low student-to-faculty ratio. Our unique liberal arts education provides a sound base in the first half of our four-year undergraduate program, after which our students choose a two-year specialisation in line with their interests. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches throughout.
Our graduate schools provide an excellent environment for first-rate intensive research with the world’s leading researchers, and each graduate student can learn at the cutting edge of their field. In recent years UTokyo has established undergraduate and graduate English-language degree programs, such as our undergraduate PEAK program, further promoting campus diversity.
UTokyo is networked with top universities and research institutions from all parts of the world and the flow of students, research and researchers creates a truly global campus. UTokyo also goes abroad to bring our university to the world, through events such as the UTokyo Forum, held in close partnership with globally renowned academic institutions around the world since 2000.
UTokyo researchers and alumni have expanded the frontiers of human knowledge and their achievements have been recognized in multiple Nobel and other prizes. Yoichiro Nambu and Masatoshi Koshiba have transformed physics, while Kenzaburo Oe and Yasunari Kawabata have enriched global culture through their literary works, to mention just a few. Our website UTokyo Research offers a glimpse into the world of our cutting-edge research.
November 25 (Tue), Seminar Announcement: Dr. Shailendra Joshi "Applying Optical Sensing and Imaging to Intra-arterial Drug Development For Brain Cancer Treatment"
Intra-arterial (IA) drugs are used for the treatment of many cancers, mainly as off-label use of of conventional drugs. However, the pharmacokinetics if IA drugs is exceedingly complex because the pharmacological variables are superimposed on the complex hydrodynamic parameters which include vascular anatomy, blood flow and injection characteristics. The situation is even more challenging in the brain where the blood brain barrier prevents uptake of drugs. Furthermore when the drugs are injected into the arteries their concentration increases and decreases in sub-second time frame making equilibrium condition difficult to achieve. These complexities explain why there are no good models that can describe IA drug kinetics and the clinical use is driven by empirical protocols.
However, in the last decade optical methods and optical tracers are developing rapidly. Optical methods can determine concentrations in vivo in a sub-second time frame. They can map drug distribution. Experiments that would take days or months using chemical measurements take minutes to do and in very few animals. Such technology can greatly accelerate IA drug development. In addition optical methods can also determine changes in tumors sizes in
vivo, blood brain barrier permeability, tumor histology and response and tumor specific drug delivery.
The talk will describe how we are using and developing optical methods and share some of the promising results we have achieved so far.
STIG International Symposium 2014:Making the Most of Science and Innovation through Better Governance
In order to maximize the return from investments in science, technology, and innovation, the management of the arena in which the deliverable of such projects become available to the society is crucial. This year’s STIG symposium convenes leading scholars from around the world and explores emerging ideas for better governance that facilitates the application of science, technology, and innovation to the society.
Day & Time: 13:00-17:45 Friday November 28, 2014
Venue:Fukutake Learning Theater at University of Tokyo Hongo Campus
Registration fee:Free → Registration form
Hosting Organization:Science, Technology and Innovation Governance Unit, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks
Hideaki Shiroyama(Research representative, Professor, the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo)
13:05-13:35 [Keynote Speech1]
Professor. Kenneth Oye (MIT)
“Proactive and Adaptive Risk Management in Biotechnology: Applications to Pharmaceuticals and Synthetic Biology”
13:35-14:05 【response presentation & QA】
Sotaro Shibayama（the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo）
14:05-14:35 [Keynote Speech2]
Dr. Michael Rogers(former Adviser in Science and Ethics, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, the European Commission)
“Recent trends in Risk Governance in Europe: From Precaution to Smarter Regulations”
14:35-15:00 【response presentation & QA】
Dr. Hideyuki Hirakawa(Osaka University, Center for the Study of Communication-Design)
15:15-15:45 [Keynote Speech3]
Prof. David Laws (University of Amsterdam)
“Hot Adaptation: Working between facts and stakeholders”
15:45-16:15 【response presentation & QA】
Masahiro Matsuura (The Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo)
Masaru Yarime (The Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo)
16:15-16:45 [Keynote Speech4]
Prof. Jason J Blackstock (Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London)
“Understanding and Strengthening Science, Technology, and Engineering Knowledge within Public Decision-Making Processes” (tentative)
16:45-17:15 【response presentation & QA】
Hideaki Shiroyama(The Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo)
17:15-17:45 Wrap-up discussion
Language:English and Japanese (free simultaneous translation service provided)