Symposium Symposium


The Foundation has sponsored Symposia on Bioscience since 1982 and Symposia on PharmaSciences since 2001, each of which is held alternately. Its purpose is to shed light on challenging questions in the life sciences and medical fields. Renowned scientists from all around the world are invited to report on their work and engage in discussions with other participants. It provides a unique opportunity for young and emerging scientists to create a close relationship with leading scientists.

To date, the symposia have dealt with the following themes.

The Symposium in this fiscal year

The 22nd Takeda Science Foundation Symposium on Bioscience The 22nd Takeda Science Foundation Symposium on Bioscience
Theme Organizer(s)
Feb, 2025
Unraveling the Human Immune System:
Exploring Norms in Health and Alterations in Diseases
Dr. Hideki Ueno
Dr. Hiroyoshi Nishikawa
Dr. Kazuhiko Yamamoto
21stJan, 2023 Towards Understanding Human Development and Evolution Dr. Mitinori Saitou
Dr. Yukiko Gotoh
Dr. Takashi Hiiragi
20stFeb, 2019 RNA Neobiology Dr. Shizuo Akira
Dr. Toshifumi Inada
Dr. Mikiko C. Shiomi
19stJan, 2017 Chronic Inflammation - Initiation, Progression and Resolution Dr. Masayuki Miyasaka
Dr. Shizuo Akira
Dr. Kouji Matsushima
18stJan, 2015 iPS Cells for Regenerative Medicine Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
Dr. Hideyuki Okano
Dr. Jun Takahashi
Dr. Masayo Takahashi
17stDec, 2012 Therapeutic Approach for Neurogenerative Diseases:Focusing on Alzeimer & Parkinson Diseases Dr. Takeshi Iwatsubo
Dr. Ryosuke Takahashi
16stDec, 2010 Casting light on life
- Multidimensional approach for imaging the molecules of life
Dr. Atsushi Miyawaki
Dr. Michiyuki Matsuda
Dr. Yasuyoshi Watanabe
15stDec, 2008 Cell Death: What have we learned and what will we learn? Dr. Keiji Tanaka
Dr. Masayuki Miura
Dr. Takaomi Saido
14stApr, 2006 The 50th Anniversary of Oxygenases: Advances and Reflections Dr. Osamu Hayaishi
Dr. Shozo Yamamoto
13stDec, 2004 Genome Analysis and Medicine Dr. Naoyuki Kamatani
Dr. Yusuke Nakamura
Dr. Setsuo Hirohashi
12stNov, 2002 Stem Cells and Organogenesis Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi
Dr. Shinichi Nishikawa
Dr. Yoshiki Sasai
11stNov, 2000 Frontiers in Molecular Motors Research: From Gene・Structure・Dynamics to Functions Dr. Nobutaka Hirokawa
Dr. Toshio Yanagida
10stDec, 1998 Molecular Basis of Microbial Pathogenesis Dr. Yoshihumi Takeda
Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagai
9stDec, 1996 Sleep and Sleep Disorders: From Molecule to Behavior Dr. Osamu Hayaishi
Dr. Shojiro Inoue
8stNov, 1994 Molecular Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis and Cell Growth Dr. Kumao Toyoshima
7stNov, 1992 Cell-Cell Signaling and Morphogenesis Dr. Masatoshi Takeichi
6stDec, 1990 Peptide Regulation of Cardiovascular Function Dr. Hiroo Imura
5stNov, 1988 Brain Signal Transduction and Memory Dr. Masao Itoh
Dr. Yasumi Nishizuka
4stNov, 1986 Frontiers of Antibiotic Research Dr. Hamao Umezawa
3stOct, 1984 Biomedical Imaging: From Anatomy to Physiology and Biochemistry Dr. Osamu Hayaishi
2stNov, 1983 Calcium Regulation in Biological Systems Dr. Sethuro Ebashi
1stOct, 1982 Humoral Factors in Host Defense Dr. Yuici Yamamura
Theme Organizer(s)
11thJan, 2024 Imaging-directed development of cutting edge drugs and medical technologies Dr. Yasuteru Urano
Dr. Ichio Aoki
Dr. Koichi Fukase
10thJan, 2020 Mental Illness: Human Biology and Preclinical Modeling for Translation
Dr. Shuh Narumiya
Dr. Shigenobu Kanba
Dr. Akira Sawa
Dr. Tomoyuki Furuyashiki
9thFeb, 2018 Genome Editing Towards Medicinal Applications Dr. Takashi Yamamoto
Dr. Junji Takeda
Dr. Osamu Nureki
8thJan, 2016 Biomolecule-Based Medicinal Science: Featuring Mid-Size Drugs Dr. Yoshiaki Kiso
Dr. Motonari Uesugi
Dr. Toshiaki Katada
Dr. Shigeki Sasaki
Dr. Satoshi Shuto
7thJan, 2014 iPS Cells in Drug Discovery & Development Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
Dr. Haruhisa Inoue
Dr. Naoki Nagata
6thSep, 2012 How Fascinating the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Is! Dr. Kaoru Fuji
Dr. Masakatsu Shibasaki
5thMay, 2009 Bioactive Lipid Molecules and Transporters Dr. Kazumitsu Ueda
Dr. Hiroshi Suzuki
4thDec, 2007 On the Frontiers of Chemical Biology Dr. Tetsuo Nagano
Dr. Hiroyuki Osada
Dr. Masatoshi Hagiwara
3rdDec, 2005 On the Frontiers of Neuro - PharmaSciences - Molecular Pathology and Drug Action - Dr. Yasuyuki Nomura
Dr. Takeshi Iwatsubo
2ndDec, 2003 The Science of Chiral Molecules: Its Diversity Dr. Kaoru Fuji
Dr. Yutaka Ebizuka
1stOct, 2001 Lipids in Signaling and Related Diseases Dr. Keizo Inoue
Dr. Syoshichi Nojima
Dr. Masahiro Nishijima