Successful conclusion of 1st Annual IIIS Symposium ～Solving the mystery of sleep～
The 1st Annual Symposium ~Solving the mystery of sleep~, was held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Tsukuba International Congress Center.
This kick-off symposium for the newly established International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS), headed by Masashi Yanagisawa and inaugurated on December of 2012, served as a commemorative event with all the principal investigators involved in the planning of IIIS gathered together.
Following the opening remarks by Kyosuke Nagata, University of Tsukuba President-elect and Daisuke Yoshida, Director-General, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan, presentations were offered by the IIIS principal investigators. In addition, Toshio Kuroki, WPI Program Director and Senior Advisor, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, gave a lecture concerning the missions of the WPI program. Giulio Tononi and Chiara Cirelli delivered the plenary lecture for the symposium.
We would like to thank you for your participation in the 1st Annual IIIS Symposium ～Solving the mystery of sleep～. Including researchers, students and university officials, we had a great turnout of around 190 participants, making this inaugural symposium a success. This will be the first of many exciting events to come for IIIS.
Appearing clockwise from top left: Masashi Yanagisawa (Center Director, IIIS, University of Tsukuba), Kyosuke Nagata (President, University of Tsukuba), Daisuke Yoshida (Director-General, Research Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan), and participants of symposium in commemorative group photo.