International Bioethics Symposium "Ethical, Legal, and Social issues of Human Brain Organoid Research and Application"

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9:30-17:30 JST

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The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (ASHBi) is pleased to announce its international bioethics symposium on Friday 2 December 2022. It will explore ethical, legal, and social issues in the rapidly developing fields of brain organoid research and application.

All those interested are welcome to join a lively discussion with the speakers and other participants.

Basic info

  • Yoshida Campus
  • Online

Hybrid meeting (Kyoto University Shiran Kaikan [building 21 on this map]/online via Zoom)

For online participants:

  • High-speed LAN/WiFi environment advised for stability
  • Update the software to the latest version
  • Current Students & Staff
  • Corporations & Researchers

Academic researchers and students

Max attendees

100 for on-site participation
(Registration will close when capacity is reached.)


Free of charge



Introductory remarks & ELSI overview
9:30 Tsutomu Sawai, Hiroshima University / Kyoto University
Session 1: Brain Organoids in Vitro – Science
10:00 Momoko Watanabe, University of California, Irvine
10:30 Hideya Sakagushi, RIKEN BDR
Session 2: Brain Organoids in Vitro – Consciousness
11:00 Takuya Niikawa, Kobe University
11:30 Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Saitama Medical University
Lunch break
12:00 Lunch break
Session 3: Transplantation of Brain Organoids into Animal Brains – Science & Ethics
13:00 Tetsuhiro Kikuchi, Kyoto University
13:30 Alexander Erler, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
Session 4: Empirical Approach to Brain Organoid Research and Application
14:00 Tetsushi Tanibe, Saitama Prefectural University
14:30 Masanori Kataoka, Hiroshima University
Coffee break
15:00 Coffee break
Session 5: Future Clinical Transplantation, Legislation and Regulations
15:20 Elizabeth Thomas, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
15:50 Tsung-Ling Lee, Taipei Medical University
Keynote speech
16:20 Julian Savulescu, National University of Singapore
Commentary & closing remarks
17:00 Tadashi Isa, Kyoto University

For more details, visit:
International Bioethics Symposium "Ethical, Legal, and Social issues of Human Brain Organoid Research and Application"


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Register via:
Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of Human Brain Organoid Research and Application (Google Form)
Registered participants will receive a Zoom link approximately one week before the workshop.

Participants must agree not to disclose to third parties any confidential information presented during the workshop, including unpublished data.

Contact info

Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology (WPI-ASHBi)
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