CiRA opens 3rd research building (22 May 2017)

08 Jun 2017

      On 22 May, the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) opened its third research building, marking the occasion with a ceremony and a symposium. The new building, called CiRA Research Building No 3, houses a cell processing center, open laboratories, culture chambers, and a host of other advanced facilities and equipment.

      The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with six participants: Osamu Yamashita, director of facilities planning and administration at Japan's science ministry MEXT; Kyoto Prefecture Vice-Governor Akimasa Yamashita; Kyoto City Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa; Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa; Dr Nagahiro Minato, KU vice-president for research, planning, and hospital administration; and CiRA Director Shinya Yamanaka, who then went on to deliver a welcome address. This was followed by a building tour.

      The commemorative symposium took place at the Clock Tower Centennial Hall, exploring "What's Next for Regenerative Medicine: Utilizing Stockpiled iPS Cells". Following Director Yamanaka's greetings, lectures were delivered by CiRA's Deputy Director Naoko Takasu and Professor Jun Takahashi, and Osaka University Professor Kohji Nishida. Q&As with the three speakers and Director Yamanaka elicited numerous questions from the enthusiastic audience, concluding on a high note.

      Ribbon-cutting ceremony

      CiRA Building No 3

      From left: President Yamagiwa, MEXT department director Yamashita, Vice-Governor Yamashita, Mayor Kadokawa, and CiRA Director Yamanaka

      Inside the building

      Building tour

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