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NAIST Global COE International Symposium 2010

NAIST Global COE International Symposium 2010
- Plasticity in Development and Evolution -

NAIST Global COE International Symposium 2010 Plasticity in Development and Evolution

The NAIST Global COE program, "Frontier Biosciences: Strategies for Survival and Adaptation in a Changing Global Environment," started in 2007. This 6th International Symposium of the GCOE program will be held on Nobember 11and 12, 2010. The Symposium will focus on frontiers in biology, and international scientists will give talks in various fields in biology. You are cordially invited to participate in the Symposium.

Date November 11 - 12, 2010
Venue NAIST Millennium Hall
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Sponsor NAIST Global COE program
Organizers Mitsuhiro Aida (NAIST), Tetsu Kinoshita (NAIST) , Hajime Ogino (NAIST)
Theme Plasticity in Development and Evolution
Plasticity in developmental programs, in gene regulatory networks and in genomic structures underlies the evolution of morphological and functional diversity in organisms. In this Symposium, we will introduce the molecular mechanisms that bring about diversity in plants and animals, and discuss their roles in evolution.
Session 1 - Plant Sciences
Plants integrate external and internal signals during their development, and respond to these signals by changing their morphology and physiology. This strategy allows their sessile lifestyle to adapt to diverse environmental conditions, and thus plays an important role in plant evolution. This session will focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying developmental plasticity in plants.
Session 2 - Animal Sciences
Recent progress in genome projects suggests that vertebrate species diversity results largely not from differences in the coding sequences of genes, but from differences in regulatory sequences that determine the timing and pattern of gene expression. In this session, we will approach the conservation and plasticity of gene regulatory mechanisms through analyses of evolutionary changes and epigenetic modifications of cis-regulatory elements.
Session 3 - Imprinting
Genomic imprinting refers to the unequal expression of maternal and paternal alleles of a gene depending on the parent-of-origin, and is a phenomenon that has evolved in both placental mammals and flowering plants. In this session, we will introduce and discuss about the role of genomic imprinting in species hybridization barrier through control of developmental plasticity in hybrid placenta and endosperm.
Language The Symposium will be conducted in English.
Tentative Speakers Mitsuhiro Aida (NAIST, Nara, JAPAN)
Michael Lenhard(University of Potsdam, Germany)
Yoshikatsu Sato(National Institute for Basic Biology, Aichi, Japan)
Philip Wigge(John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK)
Kenta Sumiyama(National Institute of Genetics, Shizuoka, Japan)
Hajime Ogino (NAIST, Nara, JAPAN)
Gert Jan C. Veenstra (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Norihiro Okada (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kanagawa, Japan)
Tetsu Kinoshita (NAIST, Nara, JAPAN)
Claudia Köhler (Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden)
Paul Vrana (University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA)
Fumitoshi Ishino (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan)
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