We are pleased to announce that the 2020 RIKEN BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium in Kobe “Integrated organoid science: Stem cells, Engineering, Medicine,” will be held on March 4 and 5, 2020 at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Kobe, Japan.

The discovery of the self-organization processes in stem cell culture systems has enabled researchers to generate three-dimensional mini-organs or so-called “organoids” in the lab, and has consequently propelled stem cell research into a new dimension, with applications in human developmental biology, drug discovery for rare diseases as well as in vitro analyses of inter-organ connections. Recent improvements in organoid culture technologies have been achieved through interdisciplinary researches between wide-ranging fields including biomaterial engineering and microdevice technologies, in addition to basic stem cell biology. The organoids being generated, however, are still small and immature, and there remains a need to understand the basic principles of the self-organization phenomena as well as develop breakthroughs in culture technology to generate mature functional organs. This symposium will bring together scientists from fields of stem cell biology, engineering, chemistry and information science to share the latest cutting-edge research in organoid biology and its social implementation, and also discuss the future tasks of this research area.

Topics will include:
(1) The principles of self-organization
(2) Modeling development and disease
(3) Engineering approaches
(4) New technologies
(5) Brain organoids (Memorial session for Dr. Yoshiki Sasai)

The program will include both oral and poster sessions. We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from scientists working in various fields to increase opportunities for lively and exciting discussions. Several abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

This symposium will be held immediately following after the 2020 BDR symposium “Emergence in biosystems" which will be held at the same venue from March 2 to 4. This symposium will cover the origin of life, protein/RNA self-assembly in a cell, intracellular organelle formation by phase separation, emergence of multicellular systems from stem cells. We encourage you to also consider attending the BDR symposium prior to the BDR-CuSTOM Joint Symposium. The registration fees are free for both symposiums. For details on the 2020 BDR Symposium, please visit: https://www.bdr.riken.jp/en/seminar/detail/sympo_14179.html.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe and the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research.

Eisuke Nishida, Ph.D.
Director, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)


Mitsuru Morimoto, Minoru Takasato, Takashi Tsuji (RIKEN BDR, Japan)
Takanori Takebe, James M. Wells, Aaron M. Zorn (CuSTOM, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA)


March 4 (Wed) - 5 (Thu), 2020


Auditorium, 1F Developmental Biology Building C
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
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: 1,000 JPY (ONLY for March 5, please prepare for your own lunch for March 4)
Banquet: 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)


Center for Stem Cells and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe


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


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