The Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG) at Kumamoto University has organized joint symposiums in collaboration with RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences and Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University, and School of Medicine at Keio University. In the symposiums, latest findings were shared and discussed among the attendees, which has contributed to advance scientific innovation & development and communication among young researchers. In 2011 and 2014, we served as the host of the international symposiums “KEY Forum” and gained valuable knowledge and insights into a cutting-edge science from the forefront scientists in the world.
  In the upcoming year 2018, the Inter-University Research Network for Trans-omics Medicine as well as the 3rd KEY Forum titled “Stem Cell Traits and Developmental Systems” will be held in Kumamoto. In this forum, attendees will be able to deepen discussion on basic scientific foundation from the broader viewpoint, such as stem cell biology, developmental biology, comprehensive genetics and genomic, live imaging, and omics and trans-omics analyses, to further advance molecular biology and regenerative medicine including organ regeneration.
  The IMEG building was severely damaged by the big earthquakes in April 2016, and since then, we have received considerable support from many universities and research institutes. By hosting this symposium, we can share more information on restoration of the research environment with those who supported us. In this respect, we believe that holding such an international symposium in Kumamoto will achieve significant outcome.

  The guest speakers are prominent scientists from both within and outside Japan, so we expect your active participation and discussion, especially young researchers. We are looking forward to seeing you in Kumamoto.

Date and Venue

11–12 January 2018


Kumamoto City International Center
4-18 Hanabata-cho, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0806 JAPAN

Conference Fee

Free of charge

Organized , Co-organized and supported

Organized by:

-Institute of Molecular and Embryology Genetics, Kumamoto University
Joint Usage/Research Center for Developmental Medicine

Inter-University Research Network for Trans-omics Medicine

Co-organized by:

– International Research Core for Stem Cell-based Developmental Medicine
-Program for Leading Graduate Schools “HIGO (Health life science: Interdisciplinary and Glocal Oriented) Program”

Supported by:

Kumamoto University International Collaborative Research Group for Life Sciences

Organizing Committee of the KEY Forum 2018

  • Hitoshi Niwa (Chair)
  • Akira Nakamura
  • Ryuichi Nishinakamura
  • Mitsuyoshi Nakao