The 15th CDB Meeting
Advances in Cyclostome Research:
Body plan and developmental programs before the jawed vertebrates

January 24-25, 2008
Thanks to your valuable contribution the meeting has ended in a great success.

*Photo posting on this website has ended on February 15, 2008.


Welcome Message:
With a lamprey sequencing project currently underway, and recent results on the development of both lamprey and hagfish, cyclostome research is poised to make major contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the vertebrate body plan. In organizing this meeting, we hope to include investigators with varied backgrounds related to the meeting theme, with the goal of raising awareness of the key position of cyclostomes in understanding the developmental evolution of vertebrates. We hope this meeting will lead to increased interaction among groups studying aspects of cyclostome biology related to body plan development and evolution. We, the organizers, are also convinced that this meeting will activate especially the basic developmental researches, by providing opportunities to compare distantly related animal developmental patterns and process with those in model organisms, leading to the evolutionary perspectives of development.

Date: January 24 (Thursday) - January 25 (Friday), 2008
*The program is tentatively scheduled to start in the afternoon of January 24, 2008

RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), Kobe, Japan
Shigeru Kuratani (RIKEN CDB, Japan)
David W. McCauley (University of Oklahoma, USA)

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The deadline for early registration was October 31, 2007.

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The deadline for application for travel fellowship has ended on October 31, 2007.

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Access to the CDB:

Participants from overseas:
Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka is the most convenient international airport when arriving from overseas.
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Meeting participants from outside of Kobe are asked to secure their own accommodations. Information on area hotels offering a preferential room rate for the CDB meeting participants is available for download. Please be sure to mention that you are attending the RIKEN CDB meeting when making your reservation in order to receive the preferential room rate.

*Please confirm the price on the hotel website as the case may be that it is less expensive to book directly from the website in the off-season.

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The city of Kobe is located in the Western part of Japan in a unique setting between the Rokko Mountains and the Inland Sea. The city's port has historically played an important role in opening Japan up to international influence and the city retains a cosmopolitan and sophisticated air to this day. In addition to a bustling Chinatown and the more relaxed historical foreign settlement, there are a number of famous hot springs to the north of the city. Japan's renowned public transport system also means that Kobe is within easy reach of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, which contain over 1,000 historical temples and shrines.

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RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB)
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0046, Japan
Tel: +81-78-306-3010
Fax: +81-78-306-3039
E-mail: cdb-mtg at

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