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ASHBi Symposium 2020 “Human Development, Genetics and Evolution”

ASHBi Symposium 2020 “Human Development, Genetics and Evolution”

ASHBi was launched in October 2018 with funding from the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI program) of Japan’s science ministry MEXT, aiming to create and promote a human-centric study of biology elucidating the key principles of human traits and disease state.

Annual international symposia will be a key activity of our new Institute, and our inaugural meeting will be the “ASHBi Symposium on Human Development, Genetics and Evolution”, organized by Mitinori Saitou (ASHBi Director), Takashi Hiiragi (EMBL/ASHBi), James Briscoe (Crick Institute), and Barbara Treutlein (ETH Zurich). Also, we will hold the Satellite Meeting the next day.

Recent advances in key technologies, including stem-cell engineering, single-cell sequencing, genome editing, and live imaging have created unprecedented opportunities to directly address human biology and understand what it is to be human. Accordingly, our knowledge of human biology, including human development, genetics, and evolution, has seen rapid expansion, making it highly important and timely to discuss our current understanding of human biology and its impact on relevant fields as well as on society at large.

In this symposium, we will cover topics relevant to human germ-cell development, early embryogenesis, organoids, and relevant disease models, as well as human genetics and evolution, in what we hope will be a significant opportunity to weave together our current knowledge and synthesize new prospects in these areas.

We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many researchers to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. A limited number of travel fellowships for graduate students and post-docs traveling to Japan will also be available.

ASHBi Symposium

ASHBi Symposium 2020
“Human Development,
Genetics and Evolution”

Thursday, March 19 to Friday, March 20, 2020
Shirankaikan, Kyoto University
Conference: Inamori Hall
Reception: Yamauchi Hall

Participation Fee
Conference: Free
Reception: ¥1000

English (No interpretation)

James Briscoe, Takashi Hiiragi,
Mitinori Saitou, Barbara Treutlein
  • Aida Andrés

    University College London

  • James Briscoe

    The Francis Crick Institute

  • Anne Goriely

    University of Oxford

  • Anne Grapin-Botton

    University of Copenhagen,
    Denmark and MPI-CBG,
    Dresden, Germany

  • Katsuhiko Hayashi

    Kyushu University

  • Takashi Hiiragi

    European Molecular Biology

  • Henrik Kaessmann

    Zentrum für Molekulare
    Biologie der Universität

  • Ryoichiro Kageyama

    Kyoto University

  • Janet Kelso

    Max Planck Institute for
    Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Diana Laird

    University of California, San

  • Prisca Liberali

    Friedrich Miescher Institute
    for Biomedical Research

  • Ryuichi Nishinakamura

    Institute of Molecular
    Embryology and Genetics,
    Kumamoto University

  • Seishi Ogawa

    Kyoto University/ASHBi

  • Claire Rougeulle

    University of Paris

  • Mitinori Saitou

    Kyoto University/ASHBi

  • Toshiro Sato

    Keio University

  • Davor Solter

    Max Planck Society

  • Azim Surani

    Wellcome Trust/CRUK
    Gurdon Institute, University
    of Cambridge

  • Barbara Treutlein

    Swiss Federal Institute of
    Technology in Zurich

  • James Turner

    The Francis Crick Institute

  • Christopher Walsh

    Harvard Medical School



Satellite Meeting

ASHBi Symposium 2020
Satellite Meeting
“On the Discovery of Genomic Imprinting"

15:00-17:30, March 21, 2020
Faculty of Medicine Bldg B 3F
Auditorium, Kyoto University
Katsuhiko Hayashi, Takashi Hiiragi,
Mitinori Saitou, Hiroyuki Sasaki

Davor Solter

Max Planck Society

Azim Surani

Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute,
University of Cambridge

Registration / Application


Tel: +81-75-753-9882
Postal Address:
Institute for the Advanced Study
of Human Biology (ASHBi)
Faculty of Medicine Bldg. B, Kyoto University
Yoshida-Konoe-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

Kyoto University
Institute for the Advanced Study
of Human Biology