11th Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (A-IMBN) Annual Conference, October 8-9, 2008, COEX , Seoul, Korea


October 08, 2008

Opening Session                                                                                         (Chair: Jisnuson Svasti)

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Remarks by the President of A-IMBN, Prof. Jeongbin Yim

09:10 - 09:30

¡°A Perspective on the Growth of Science in Asia¡±

Chris Y.H. Tan, Senior Counselor, A-IMBN

Session 1.       DNA – A Key Element in Controlling Cellular Processes

                                                                                                                      (Chair: James Shen)

09:30 - 10:00

¡°Involvement of a homeotic oncogenic protein in the regulation of human DNA Replication¡±

Arturo Falaschi, ICGEB, Trieste, Italy

10:00 - 10:30

¡°Regulation of replication fork in maintenance of genomic integrity¡±

Hisao Masai, Tokyo Metropilitan Institute of Medical Sciences, Japan

10:30 - 11:00

¡°The Rix1 (Ipi1p/2p/3p) Complex Is a Critical Determinant of Replication Licensing Independent of Ribosome Biogenesis¡±

Chun Liang, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, China

11:00 - 11:15

Tea/Coffee Break

Session 2.       RNA – Different Forms and New Roles                                         (Chair: Joe Kates)

 11:15 - 11:45

¡°MicroRNA biogenesis¡±

V. Narry Kim, Seoul National University, Korea

 11:45 - 12:15

¡°RNA aptamer: fundamentals to therapeutics¡±

Yoshikazu Nakamura, University. of Tokyo, Japan

 12:15 - 12: 45

¡°RNA as a Molecular Chaperone for Protein Folding¡±

Baik Lin Seong, Yonsei University, Korea.

LUNCH 12 : 45 p.m. to 13 : 45  p.m.


Arthur Kornberg Memorial Lecture                                                                 (Chair: Ken-ichi Arai)

13:45 - 14:00

Introduction to Arthur Kornberg Memorial Lecture

14:00 - 14:45

¡°Regulation of adipose tissue identity by Cide proteins¡±

Peng Li, Tsinghua University, China.

Session 3.       Cellular Regulatory Processes                                              (Chair: Duong Hoa Xo)

 14:45 - 15:15

¡°Upregulation of Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase Contributes to Invasion through increasing MMP2 expression in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma¡±

Jung-Yaw Lin, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

 15:15 - 15: 45

¡°IRE-1 and HSP-4 play key roles in energy homeostasis via novel fasting-induced lipases in C. elegans¡±

Junho Lee, Seoul National University, Korea

 15:45 - 16:15

¡°A microtubule-associated RacGAP scaffold protein interacts with Anillin to stabilize the contractile ring during Drosophila cytokinesis¡±

Robert Saint, Australian National University, Australia

16:15 - 16:30

Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3.       Cellular Regulatory Processes (Continued)                  (Chair: Filipinas Natividad)

 16:30 - 17: 00

¡°New insights of translational research opportunities in diabetes¡±

Muthuswamy Balasubramanyam, Madras diabetes research foundation, India.

 17:00 - 17:30

¡°Mitochondrial DNA Mutation, Oxidative Stress and Altered Gene Expression in Human Aging¡±

Yau-Huei Wei, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan.

 17:30 - 18: 00

¡°Treatment and Prevention of Neurodegenerative Disease by Gene Vaccines¡±

Tai June Yoo, University of Tennessee, USA.

 18:00 - 20: 00

 A-IMBN Dinner


October 08, 2008

EMBO Plenary Lecture                                                                             (Chair: Arturo Falaschi)

09:15 - 09:45

¡°EMBO's Role in Developing Molecular Biology in Europe¡±

Jan Taplick, EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany

09:45 - 10:00

Tea/Coffee Break

Session 4: A workshop on Opportunities for collaboration through eIMBL

                                                                                                                      (Chair: Jeongbin Yim)

10:00 - 12:15

Introduction of Panelists

Panelists:       Jong Bhak, (Bioinformatics), KRIBB, Korea

                        Hisao Masai, (DNA Replication), TMIMS, Japan

                        Do Han Kim, (Systems Biology), GIST, Korea

                        James Shen, (Genomic Medicine), Academia Sinica, Taiwan

                        Sangsoo Kim, (Bioinformatics), Soongsil University, Korea

M.Balasubramanyam, (Traditional Medicine), MDRF, India

                        David Swinban Nature Publishing Group, UK

Kevin Yoon, eIMBL, Korea


LUNCH 12 : 15 p.m. to 13 : 30  p.m.

Session 5: A workshop on Opportunities for Collaboration at Institutional level
(Chair: Sheikh Riazuddin)

13:30 - 15:45









Panelists:      James Shen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

                        Yoshikazu Nakamura, University of Tokyo, Japan

                        Jisnuson Svasti, Mahidol University, Thailand

                        Duong Hoa Xo, Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam

                        Filipinas F. Natividad, St. Luke's Medical Center, Philippines

Obaid Siddiqi, National centre for Biological Sciences, India

                        Byung-Gee Kim, Seoul National University, Korea.

                        Arturo Falaschi, ICGEB, Trieste, Italy

                        Gurinder Shahi, Global BioBusiness Initiative, USA

                        Ishak Mat, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Jung-Keun Suh, Korean German Institute of Technology, Korea                 


15:45 - 16:00

Tea/Coffee Break

Session 6:       Industry Partnership                                                      (Chair: Gurinder Shahi)

16:00 - 17:30

Panelists:       Eugene S. Takagi, President, Bio-Xcelerator, Japan.

                        Jun Wu, CEO, Shanghai Genomics Inc, China

                        Hyung Tae Kim, Vice-President, Macrogen, Korea

                        Tae Gyu Lee, President, Newgex, Korea

                        Jaeseung Yoon, Vice-President, Neurotech, Korea

                        Katsuhiro Yamashita, CEO, TNP On the Road, Japan



17:30 - 18:00




Concluding remarks by the

¡¤         Founding President of A-IMBN, Prof. Ken-Ichi Arai

¡¤         Ex-Executive Director of A-IMBN, Prof. Arturo Falaschi

Vote of thanks by Prof. S. Riazuddin