Five researchers from the Marine Genomics Unit, led by Dr. Noriyuki Satoh, and nineteen mollusk researchers from seven universities and research institutions across Japan, gathered at the OIST campus for the "Japanese Pearl Oyster Genome Jamboree."
On Tuesday, May 24, the assembly chairpersons and secretaries general of the 12 northern municipalities of Okinawa visited OIST as part of their tour of Onna Village. The 28 visitors came from Nago City, Kunigami Village, Ogimi Village, Higashi Village, Nakijin Village, Motobu Town, Onna Village, Ginoza Village, Kin Town, Ie Village, Izena Village, and Iheya Village.
Campus tour by Dr. Masahisa Yamada of the Common Resources Group
On Wednesday, May 18, the participants of the 44th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Development Biologists (JSDB) visited OIST. The chair of this year's annual meeting is Dr. Ichiro Masai, Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neurobiology Unit.
Researchers at the OIST G0 Cell Unit have found that the actual glucose requirements of fission yeast cells and human cells are surprisingly similar and that the life span of fission yeast could be prolonged by glucose starvation, an effect that had been observed in higher organisms like human beings.
On Thursday, May 5th, Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) Mr. Katsuya Okada and several other members of the DPJ Consultative Council on Okinawa visited OIST. The DPJ is the largest party in Japan's governing coalition, and Secretary General Mr. Okada - the former Minister for Foreign Affairs - currently serves as the Chair of the Consultative Council.
OIST held an innovative event called the "International Symposium and Workshop: Toward the Development of an R&D Cluster in Okinawa" at the end of last year, and a full summary of the major points and recommendations made is now available for download from the International Symposium and Workshop Event Report page.