International Symposium at Hiroshima University:

Amphibian development, regeneration, evolution and beyond

General Information

International Symposium at Hiroshima University: Amphibian development, regeneration, evolution and beyond

March 13-14, 2018

Hiroshima University Library hall

1-2-2 Kagami-yama, Higashi-Hiroshima,

Hiroshima, 739-8526, Japan

Organizer: Hajime Ogino

Sub-organizers: Yoshiro Yaoita, Ikuo Miura and Takeshi Igawa

Symposium committee members: Akihiko Kashiwagi, Atsushi Suzuki, Nobuaki Furuno, Minoru Takase, Atsushi Kurabayashi, Hideki Hanada, Keisuke Nakajima, Ichiro Tazawa, Keiko Kashiwagi, Kimiko Takebayashi and Ryusuke Kakehashi

Symposium office: Sayaka Okashita, Sayaka Kawamoto

(Amphibian Research Center, Hiroshima University)

Scope of the Symposium

As shown by the development of iPS cell technology from the somatic cell reprogramming studies in Xenopus, amphibian research has made significant contributions to the discovery of fundamental principles in modern biological and medical sciences. Recently, the value of amphibians as useful experimental systems and/or materials is further increasing because of the remarkable development of genome/transcriptome resources and powerful transgenesis/genome-editing technologies. Now such advancements allow one not only to perform high-resolution analytical studies using established model species including pipid frogs (Xenopus), axolotl and Iberian ribbed newt, but also to explore the huge biological diversity with a variety of non-model species. The objective of the symposium is to find future prospects of amphibian research in such revolutionary changes, through the pioneering studies by invited speakers who are using leading-edge genomics and/or cell-imaging technologies in amphibians and/or non-amphibians, and active discussion by all participants.


Library Hall at Central Library, Hiroshima University (Higashi-Hiroshima Campus)

Important dates

  • Registration & Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018

Deadline of Registration and Abstract Submission has been extended to March 2nd JST 12:00!

  • Mixer Registration Deadline: February 28, 2018

Deadline of Mixer Registration has been extended to March 2nd JST 12:00!

Amphibian Research Center

The predecessor of Amphibian Research Center, Institute of Amphibian Biology, was originally established in 1967 as part of the Department of Biology. Since then, the institute has made significant contribution in the field of taxonomy, ecology, genetics, physiology, evolutionary biology, and developmental biology, using a variety of anuran and urodele species. The institute has also contributed a lot to science education; approximately 700 people visit the institute to see living amphibians (more than 60 species, 30,000 animals) and hear lectures every year.

In 2016, Hiroshima University has reorganized this institute as Amphibian Research Center (ARC) for its further development. The ARC has divisions of bioresource science, development, and evolution/diversity. The objectives of the mission are to perform leading-edge studies on development, regeneration, evolution and genetic diseases, and to develop useful resources with the international collaborative network. The resource targets include Xenopus tropicalis, X. laevis and other amphibians useful for molecular biology studies. We are collecting, maintaining and distributing living resources including inbred wild type strains and genetically manipulated strains, and non-living resources such as nucleic acid materials and genome information. We are also performing dissemination activities, such as technical seminars for genome editing and transgenesis, to promote amphibian research.