The CDB was established to conduct research in the fields of development and regeneration, and to help establish scientific bases for regenerative medicine. As part of that mission, the CDB inaugurated a series of annual symposia in 2003 to facilitate the global and timely exchange of findings in related research fields (

The theme of the CDB Symposium 2017 is “Towards Understanding Human Development, Heredity, and Evolution”. Recent advances in technologies, including stem cell culture, live imaging, single cell approaches, next generation sequencing, and genome editing, have lead to an unprecedented expansion in our knowledge on human development and heredity. Comparative studies between humans and other mammals have also shed light on evolutionary processes, and in turn provided critical insights into the mechanisms for key diseased states. Given this exciting progress and promising prospects in the relevant fields, we consider it highly important and timely to discuss our current understanding of human development, heredity, and evolution, and to explore the possibilities that have opened up to reconstitute such processes in vitro using pluripotent stem cells and other stem cells. In this context, we would like to cover a broad range of highly relevant topics in the 2017 CDB symposium, including human germline development, early embryogenesis, organogenesis from stem cells and relevant disease models, as well as human genetics and evolution. We hope that this Symposium will be a great opportunity to synthesize our current knowledge and open up future prospects in these areas.

The program of the 2017 CDB Symposium will feature presentations covering a broad range of topics, including the following;
(1) Germline/Early embryogenesis
(2) Epigenetics/Chromatic regulation
(3) Organogenesis from hPSCs/hSCs/Disease models
(4) Human Genetics/Evolution

We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many scientists 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.

The symposium is scheduled for 3 days, and the program is scheduled to start on the morning of March 27 and end in the afternoon of March 29, 2017. The program will include both oral and poster sessions. The number of participants, including invited speakers, will be limited to 150. We would be delighted to have your participation at the 2017 symposium.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe and the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.

Hiroshi Hamada, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB)


Yoshiya Kawaguchi (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, Japan)
Mitinori Saitou (Kyoto University, JST/ERATO, Japan)
Mototsugu Eiraku (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Tomoya Kitajima (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Fumio Matsuzaki (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Takashi Tsuji (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Edith Heard (Institut Curie, France)


March 27 (Mon) - 29 (Wed), 2017


Auditorium, 1F Building C, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
(Approximately 5 minutes walk from "Iryo Center" port-liner train station)
For details, please see "Access".


English (Simultaneous translation will not be provided)

Participation Fee

FREE (Lunch and Banquet fee required separately - optional)
Lunch: 3,000 JPY (3 days)
Banquet: 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)


This symposium will be held as a part of RIKEN SYMPOSIUM SERIES

Tsutomu Nakauchi Foundation


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List of CDB Symposia

List of CDB Symposia