2022 JSPS-NIH Forum

-DATE- Friday, March 4, 2022, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm (EST)

-VENUE- Virtual (Zoom meeting)

The 7th JSPS-NIH Forum was held online on Friday, March 4, 2022. This forum was inaugurated in 2016, aiming to introduce a new JSPS KAITOKU-NIH Fellows to the research community and strengthened their friendly and collegial ties in the Biomedical field.

This year, about 80 participants gathered online from NIH, other areas of the US, and also from Japan who were former fellows.

Following the opening remarks by Dr. Kohji HIRATA (Director of JSPS Washington Office), Mr. Koji ARIBAYASHI, Science Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the USA, and Dr. Yoh-suke MUKOUYAMA, Chair of Review Panel / Senior Investigator, NHLBI, NIH gave congratulatory remarks.

In the lecture session, with the topic of “Epigenetics of Immune System”, Dr. Keiko OZATO, Chief, Section on Molecular Genetics of Immunity, Division of Developmental Biology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH offered a presentation titled “Chromatin reader BRD4 prevents endogenous DNA damage and facilitates cell cycle progression.”

The next lecture titled “Transcriptional regulation of mononuclear phagocyte development by the transcription factor IRF8“was made by Dr. Akira NISHIYAMA, Associate professor, Department of Immunology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine from Japan, who was a former fellow in 2002.

In the Q & A session that followed, Dr. MUKOUYAMA acted as moderator. They enjoyed live questions posted by virtual participants via the Zoom chat function, while the cutting-edge topics of “Epigenetics of Immune System” were discussed.


Then, the 10 new KAITOKU-NIH fellows who were adopted in 2022 explained their research plans at NIH with some slides each, within three minutes to an audience.

At the Closing, Dr. Michael GOTTESMAN, Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH, and Dr. Peter KILMARX, Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center, NIH delivered remarks with a virtual toast.

After the closing, the participants were divided into groups using the breakout room system in Zoom and had a 15-minute session twice. They introduced each other and had conversations freely.This forum was organized by JSPS Washington Office and Fogarty International Center, NIH.

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