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 2018 is “Dynamic Homeostasis: from Development to Aging” and will be held on March 26 (Mon) - 28 (Wed), 2018 at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan.

Tissue homeostasis is a dynamically regulated process. Cells and tissues exhibit a high degree of adaptability during maintenance, maturation and renewal, and respond to a wide range of environmental changes. They also have intrinsic and extrinsic systems for damage control and repair. Stem cell systems, systemic modulation within and between tissues, and epigenetic controls may all underlie the robustness and plasticity of tissues. Defects in such homeostatic systems lead to developmental disorders, while aging is thought to involve the gradual deterioration of their function. In this symposium, we will cover a wide range of topics on dynamic homeostasis and cell/tissue integrity from the cellular to organismal level, establish new perspectives, and look to the next frontiers of the field.

In this context, we would like to cover a broad range of highly relevant topics, including the following;
(1) Maintenance of tissue integrity
(2) Homeostatic disorder
(3) Systemic control and metabolism
(4) Aging
(5) Chromosomal and epigenetic control
(6) Cell lineage and single cell analysis

We hope that this symposium will be a great opportunity to synthesize our current knowledge and open up future prospects in these areas.

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 26 and end in the afternoon of March 28, 2018. 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 2018 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)


Hironobu Fujiwara (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Ichiro Hiratani (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Fumio Matsuzaki (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Mitsuru Morimoto (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)
Ben Simons (University of Cambridge, UK)
Sa Kan Yoo (RIKEN, Japan)
Shosei Yoshida (National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan)


March 26 (Mon) - 28 (Wed), 2018


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


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