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The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
The Tsurugaoka Hachimangu
The Kamakura Daibutsu(Koutokuin)

Tremendous progress was made in the field of NKT cell biology last year. The structure of the NKT cell receptor and alpha-GalCer-CD1d triple complex was successfully solved. The findings allow us to understand more clearly the nature of interaction between NKT cells and their ligands at the molecular level. This comprehension will enable us to grasp the development and function of NKT cells, which will lead to clinical applications. The field of NKT cell research is thus entering a new era.

The 5th International Symposium on CD1/NKT cells will bring together once again researchers focusing on various topics, such as development and homeostasis of NKT cells, NKT cell receptor structure and ligand recognition, CD1 biology: antigen processing and presentation, regulatory and effector function of NKT cells, roles of NKT cells in autoimmune and allergic diseases, roles of NKT cells in infectious diseases and tumor control.

All speakers listed below have been invited:
Albert Bendelac (University of Chicago), Mitchell Kronenberg (LIAI), Vincenzo Cerundolo (University of Oxford), Michael Brenner (Brigham and Women's Hospital), Gennaro De Libero (University Hospital Basel), Agnes Lehuen (Hopital Saint Vincent de Paul), Robson MacDonald (Ludwig Institute), Paolo Dellabona (San Raffaele Scientific Institute), Steven Porcelli (Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Dale Godfrey (University of Melbourne), Shizuo Akira (Osaka University)
We will invite more speakers nominated by the chairpersons.

***Travel grant for students (~30 young students and post Docs) are available.***

International Organizing Committee:
Masaru Taniguchi (President), Takashi Yamamura (Vice President), and
Toshinori Nakayama (Vice President)
Local Organizing Committee:
Takayuki Sumida (Chairman), Takao Koike, Nobuyuki Miyasaka, Kazuhiko Yamamoto

Organized by:
Japan Intractable Diseases Research Foundation,
International Symposium on CD1/NKT Cells Organizing Committee
Co-organized by:
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare,
RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI),
Japanese Society for Immunology,
Japan College of Rheumatology,
Japanese Society of Inflammation and Regeneration, and Bioscience Society of Chiba

Secretariat:
Ms. Kaori Aki
mail RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology
ADDRESS: 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa, 230-0045, Japan