About "International Symposium on Cell Competition"

The International Symposium on Cell Competition is a scientific meeting for researchers working on competitive cell-cell communications in metazoan. After Kyoto (2015), Madrid (2016), and Sapporo (2017), the 4th symposium in Kyoto will discuss recent progresses and future perspectives of cell competition researches, which include the mechanism, concepts, definition, physiological roles, technics, and challenges of cell competition.

· Topics

Cancer, Cell-cell communication, Cell competition, Mathematical analysis, Mechanobiology, Multicellular autonomy, Multi-omics technology, Stem cell, Synthetic biology

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Keynote speaker

Gines Morata

Centro de Biología Molecular CSIC-UAM, Spain

Confirmed speakers

Erika Bach

New York University School of Medicine, USA

Nicholas Baker

University of California at Irvine, USA

Wu-Min Deng

Tulane University, USA

Stephanie Ellis

Max Perutz Labs Vienna, Austria

Yasuyuki Fujita

Kyoto University, Japan

Tsuyoshi Hirashima

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Tatsushi Igaki

Kyoto University, Japan

Tohru Ishitani

Osaka University, Japan

Marianthi Kiparaki

BSRC Alexander Fleming, Greece

Romain Levayer

Institut Pasteur, France

Xianjue Ma

Westlake University, China

Catarina Marçal-Costa

Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal

Masayuki Miura

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Emi Nishimura

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Shizue Ohsawa

Nagoya University, Japan

Tetsuhisa Otani

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Tristan Rodríguez

Imperial College London, UK

Hiroshi Sasaki

Osaka University, Japan

Nika Shakiba

The University of British Columbia, Canada

Satoshi Toda

Osaka University, Japan

Miguel Torres

Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, Spain

Yan Yan

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China

Alpha Yap

The University of Queensland, Australia

Tentative speakers

Laura Johnston

Columbia University, USA

Eugenia Piddini

University of Bristol, UK



Tuesday, September 3
17:00 PM - 18:00 PM Registration
18:00 PM - 20:00 PM Welcome Dinner (invited speakers)

Wednesday, September 4
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM Opening Remarks
8:35 AM - 9:20 AM Keynote Lecture: Gines Morata
9:20 AM - 10:30 AM Oral Session 1
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Oral Session 2
11:45 AM - 13:15 PM Lunch & Poster
13:15 PM - 14:45 PM Oral Session 3
14:45 AM - 15:00 AM Break
15:00 PM - 16:30 PM Oral Session 4
16:30 PM - 16:45 PM Break
16:45 PM - 18:00 PM Oral Session 5
18:00 PM - 18:30 PM Move to Mixer
18:30 PM - 20:30 PM Mixer

Thursday, September 5
8:30 AM - 10:05 AM Oral Session 6
10:05 AM - 10:20 AM Break
10:20 AM - 11:25 AM Oral Session 7
11:25 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM General discussion with lunch
12:25 PM - 16:30 PM Closing Remarks
12:30 PM - 16:30 PM Excursion



Phone Number +81-75-411-0111
Check-In/Check-out time 15:00/11:00
Credit card American Express, Diner's Club, JCB, Master Card, VISA, Union Pay
Internet Free internet access provided via Wi-Fi and via LAN cable in each room


From Kansai international airport/KIX by train (Google map)
  --- Kyoto
JR Kansai-Airport Express "HARUKA" | 1 hours, 15 mins
Transfer to the subway Walk
  --- Marutamachi
Karasuma subway line | 7 mins
  --- Kyoto Garden Palace
Walk from the exit 2 | 7 mins

From Osaka international airport/ITM by train (Google map)
Osaka airport
  --- Minami-ibaraki
Osaka monorail | 25 mins
Transfer to Hankyu line Walk
  --- Karasuma
Karasuma subway line | 30 mins
Transfer to subway line (Shijo) Walk
  --- Marutamachi
Karasuma subway line | 3 mins
  --- Kyoto Garden Palace
Walk from the exit 2 | 7 mins

From Osaka international airport/ITM by bus & train (Google map)
Osaka airport
  --- Kyoto station Hachijo exit
Hankyu airport limousine bus | 55 mins
Transfer to the subway Walk
  --- Marutamachi
Karasuma subway line | 7 mins
  --- Kyoto Garden Palace
Walk from the exit 2 | 7 mins


· Registration fee: free

Registration includes:
Entry to the symposium, Abstract submittion, Drink & light meals on coffee break

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"Deadline for the registration"

Abstract submittion: July 31
Mixer: July 31, Until reaching 120 attendees
Lunch: July 31
Excursion: July 31
Entry: August 31, Until reaching 150 attendees

"Payment methods"

On-site payment (Please note, only japanese currency can be accepted)

· Poster session

The poster session will be held on September 4th, 11:45 AM - 13:15 PM. We will accept poster presentation until July 31 (JST). If you would like to be selected for an poster presentation, register as a "poster presenter" thruogh the registration form. Please, complete this abstract form before your registration.

"How to submit your abstract?"

  1. Complete your registration.
  2. Download the abstract format (Microsoft Word) and fill in required data.
  3. Change the name of Word file to your name (e.g. Tatsushi Igaki.docx).
  4. Make your abstract and send it to the symposium office by E-mail (multicellular.autonomy@gmail.com). *Email subject should be “Firstname Lastname-abstract (e.g. Tatsushi Igaki-abstract)”.

· Mixer

Date: September 4th, 18:30 PM - 20:30 PM
Venue: Ganko: Takasegawa Nijoen (website)

· Excursion

Date: September 5th
Kyoto Bus Tour with English-speaking guide
*Provided by


· Organizers

Grant-in Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A)
"Understanding Multicellular Auonomy by Competitive Cell-Cell Communications (Multicellular Autonomy)"

Tatsushi Igaki
Kyoto University
Yasuyuki Fujita
Kyoto University
Tohru Ishitani
Osaka University

Tatsushi Igaki (Kyoto University)

Yasuyuki Fujita (Kyoto University)

Tohru Ishitani (Osaka University)

· Inquiry

Multicellular Autonomy office
Laboratory of Genetics, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Biostudies
46-29 Yoshidashimoadachi-cho,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, kyoto 606-83049
E-mail: multicellular.autonomy@gmail.com


  "Kyoto Bus Tour with English-speaking guide"


12:30 PM, Departure Meet by the entrance of Kyoto Garden Palace for riding on the bus
World Heritage "Byodoin"
Uji Cha Dojo "Takumi-no-Yakata"
World Heritage "Kiyomizu-Dera temple"
17:00 PM, Arrival Kyoto Garden Palace