Keynote Speakers

Mutsuo IWAMOTO
Kagoshima Prefectural Food Technology Development Center, Japan
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Mutsuo IWAMOTO
Kagoshima Prefectural Food Technology Development Center, Japan

Position

Director general, Kagoshima Prefectural Food Technology Development Center, Japan

Presentation Topic

一般講習会:特異的な水の物性とその産業利用 (要旨)

Open lecture : Physico-chemical Properties of Water and their industrial applications (Abstract)

Biography

1962-1996 : Undergraduate, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University

1966-1968 : Master Course (Agricultural Engineering), Kyushu University

1968-1973 : Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Kyushu University Engineering, Kyushu University

1973-1993 : Researcher, National Food Research Institute, MAFF

1993-1996 : Principal National Program Stuff, Secretariat of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Research Council, MAFF

1996-1997 : Research Coordinator, Japan Agricultural Research Center, MAFF

1997-1997 : Vice-Director General, Japan Agricultural Research Center, MAFF

1997-1998 : Vice- Director General, Tohoku Regional Office of MAFF

1998-2000 : Director General, Tokai Regional Office of MAFF

2000-2001 : Research Counselor, Secretariat of Research Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, MAFF

2001-2003 : Director General, Secretariat of Research Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, MAFF

2003-2005 : Director General, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences, JIRCAS

2005-2012 : Board Chair, Japanese Society of Techno-innovation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, STAFF

2015-present : Director general, Kagoshima Prefectural Food Technology Development Center

Gerald POLLACK
University of Washington, USA
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Gerald POLLACK
University of Washington, USA

Position

Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, USA

Presentation Topic

The Fourth Phase of Water: A Central Role in Health (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now professor of Bioengineering. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science. His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an “Excellence Award” from the Society for Technical Communication. His 2001 book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, and his newest book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor won that Society’s “Distinguished Award,” their highest distinction. The latter book went on to receive the World Summit Excellence Award. Pollack received an honorary doctorate in 2002 from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and foreign member and Academician of the Srpska Academy. He received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, his colleagues chose him as the recipient of his university’s highest annual distinction: the UW Faculty Lecturer Award. Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He received an NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems, and in 2014 he received the Scientific Excellence Award from the World Academy of Neural Therapy, as well as the Society for Scientific Exploration’s Dinsdale Prize. In 2015, he won the Brandlaureate Award, previously bestowed on notables such as Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs. In 2016 he was awarded the 1st Emoto Peace Prize.
Roumiana TSENKOVA
Kobe University, Japan
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Roumiana TSENKOVA
Kobe University, Japan

Position

Professor, Biomeasurement Technology Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics : Introduction (Abstract)

一般講習会:太陽の光で水世界を覗く  (要旨)
Open lecture  : Looking into the world of water in the light of sun (Abstract) (in Japanese)

Aquaphotomics course : Introduction (with Dusan KOJIC) (Abstract)

Biography

Roumiana Tsenkova is professor and head of laboratory at Kobe University. Recently she proposed aquaphotomics as a new scientific field to study the collective characterization and quantification of pools of water molecules that have the same molecular vibration and hold information on structure, function, and dynamics of organisms or aqueous systems.
Yukihiro OZAKI
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
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Yukihiro OZAKI
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Position

Professor, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sanda, Hyogo, Japan

Presentation Topic

Water structure studied by difference spectra, PCA, and two- dimensional correlation spectroscopy (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Professor Yukihiro Ozaki obtained his Ph.D. (1978) degree in chemistry from Osaka University. After he spent for two years and a half at National Research Council, Canada as a research associate, he joined the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo in 1981. In 1989 he moved to Kwansei Gakuin University. Since 1993, he has been a professor in School of Science and Technology. Currently, he is a Vice President of Kwansei Gakuin University. Professor Ozaki has been internationally very active in research and education of physical chemistry and spectroscopy for the last three decades. He was a senior research fellow of Princeton University, USA in 1993. He received a Fellow Award from Royal Society of Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan and Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He is an honorary professor of Jagiellonian University, Poland, Jilin University and Changchung Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, and a guest professor of Peking University. Recently, he has been assigned to be a guest professor of Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck in 2018. Professor Ozaki received many awards including the 1998 Tomas Hirschfeld Award, the 2001 EAS Award for Achievements in Near Infrared Spectroscopy, the Spectroscopical Society of Japan Award (2002), the 2005 Science and Technology Award of Japanese Government, Gerald Birth Award of International Conference Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (JSAC) Award (2008), Gold Medal Award of Wroclaw University, Poland (2009), MIT Dasari Lecture Award, USA (2011), and Bomen-Michelson Award (2014)
Masato YASUI
Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
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Masato YASUI
Keio University School of Medicine, Japan

Position

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Presentation Topic

Open lecture : Water circulating to the through the body (Abstract)

Water Biology and Medicine: from aquaporin to aquaphotomics (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology

Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan

1989   Medical License (M.D.), Graduated from  Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo, Japan)

1992   Clinical Resident of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

1992   Clinical Fellow of Neonatolgy, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan

1997   Postgraduate Student, Dept. of Woman and Child Health, Pediatric Unit, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Prof. Anita Aperia) (Doctor of Philosophy)

1997-2000   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (Prof. Peter Agre)

2001-   Assistant Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

2006   Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan

Haruya TANAKAMARU
Kobe University, Japan
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Haruya TANAKAMARU
Kobe University, Japan

Position

Professor, Kobe University Graduate school of Agricultural Science, Japan

Presentation Topic

Open lecture : Hydrological Cycle and Water use in Agriculture (Abstract)

Biography

1958年福岡県生まれ。京都大学大学院農学研究科修士課程修了。京都大学博士(工学)。京都大学防災研究所助手、神戸大学農学部助教授、同教授などを経て、神戸大学大学院農学研究科教授。専門分野は水文学。著書(共著):「ダム管理の水文学」(森北出版2003年)、「地域環境水文学」(朝倉書店2016年)他。受賞:平成21年度農業農村工学会賞(学術賞)他。

  • Apr. 1978-Mar. 1982
    • 京都大学農学部農業工学科卒業
    • Department of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University
  • Apr. 1982-Mar. 1984
    • 京都大学大学院農学研究科農業工学専攻修士課程修了
    • Master's course, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
  • Apr. 1984-Mar. 1995
    • 京都大学助手(防災研究所)
    • Research Associate, Disaster Prevention Research Institute,Kyoto University
  • Mar. 1992
    • 京都大学博士(工学)学位取得
    • Doctor of Engineering, Kyoto University
  • June 1994-Nov. 1994
    • 米国ワシントン大学客員研究員
    • Visiting Scholar, University of Washington
  • Apr. 1995-Mar. 1997
    • 神戸大学助教授(農学部)
    • Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Kobe University
  • Apr. 1997-Mar. 2006
    • 神戸大学助教授(大学院自然科学研究科)
    • Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University
  • Apr. 2006-Mar. 2007
    • 神戸大学教授(農学部)
    • Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Kobe University
  • Apr. 2007-present
    • 神戸大学教授(大学院農学研究科)
    • Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University
Koichiro TANAKA
Kyoto University, Japan
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Koichiro TANAKA
Kyoto University, Japan

Position

Professor, Department of Physics Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Presentation Topic

Terahertz spectroscopy for water dynamics and hydration effect (Abstract)

Biography

Koichiro TANAKA (Dr.Sci., Physics, Kyoto University, Japan, 1990) is Professor of Department of Physics and Institute for Cell-Materials Integrated Systems (iCeMS), Kyoto University. He became a research associate in the laser physics division of the Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo after graduation in 1990.  He joined an ERATO ‘HIrao-Active-Glass-Project’ lead by Prof. Hirao in 1995 and returned to the department of physics in Kyoto University as an associate professor in 1997.  He was promoted to full professor in 2004.  Since 2008, he has been working at iCeMS in Kyoto University as a principal investigator.  From 2013, he returned to the department of physics. The goals of his research are to explore materials of potential dynamic switches and to establish a new scientific field ‘non-equilibrium condensed matter science’ that covers not only light-induced dynamical phenomena but also non-equilibrium dynamics in soft materials. His laboratory has found a number of novel light-induced phase transition phenomena and developed novel spectroscopic techniques to explore dynamics in terahertz frequency region. Novel terahertz spectroscopic methods, Time-Domain Attenuated Total Reflection Spectroscopy (TD-ATR) and terahertz microscope, have been proposed and established for the first time. One of the main topic is strong terahertz wave generation and nonlinear THz spectroscopy in solids.

Tiziana CATTANEO
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy
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Tiziana CATTANEO
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy

Position

Director of the Research Unit for Food Processes, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Milan, Italy

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics – new approach for studying food quality (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Tiziana, qualified (1983) in Food Technology at the University of Milan, Italy, has been employed by the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), since 1987 at the Research Centre for Crops and Dairy Production in Lodi (CREA-FLC). She began research into the application of near infrared spectroscopy on dairy field 20 years ago (1996) in cooperation with instrumentation suppliers and cheese-making firms. She became Research Manager in 2003, and continues to improve the development of applied researches in dairy and “fruit and vegetable” fields at National and International level. Since 2010 she has been appointed as Director of the Research Unit for Food Processes in Milan: also this structure is one of those grouped into the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA-IAA), the application field is mainly today “fruits and vegetables” from post-harvest to consumer, in particular for sustainable, safe and eco-friendly processes, and for food traceability. Participation to the National and International Groups:
  • National Agro-Food Cluster (CLAN) – Member of item 5: agro-industrial plants (since 2015)
  • Member of INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF REFRIGERATION – Commission C2 (since 2012)
  • President of the Italian Society for Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (2010-2016)
  • Member and CREA expert into the Focus Group of CAPINFOOD project (2011 – 2014) - UE-SEE, ID: SEE/ B/0027/1.3/X
  • 2003 – 2207: Member  of ICNIRS (International Committee of Near InfraRed Spectroscopy)
  • 2001 – 2012: Member of the  Standing Committee on Main Milk Components (SCMMC) of the International Dairy Federation (FIL-IDF);  co-chair del Gruppo FIL/IDF E302 “Nitrogen Compounds”
Masaru TANAKA
Kyushu University, Japan
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Masaru TANAKA
Kyushu University, Japan

Position

Professor, Department of Soft Materials Chemistry Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Role of Intermediate water in Biopolymers and Biocompatible Synthetic Polymers (Abstract)

Biography

Masaru Tanaka is a professor at Kyushu University. He worked for TERUMO Co. and designed novel biocompatible polymers and commercialized (World shear No.1). In 2000 he moved to Hokkaido University and became a JST PRESTO researcher, and then moved to Tohoku University. Medical devices covered with the 3D films are commercially available in the world clinical market. In 2009, he has full professorship at Yamagata University. He became a leader of Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (2011-2014). He has received the Awards including SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award for the intermediate water concept based on the role of interfacial water at the materials interphases.
Yoshihisa HARADA
The University of Tokyo, Japan
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Yoshihisa HARADA
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Position

Associate Professor, Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Presentation Topic

Electronic and vibrational structure in liquid water probed by soft X-ray resonant inelastic scattering and modeling (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Yoshihisa Harada was born in Gifu, Japan in 1972 and received a ME, 1997 and a PhD in applied physics at the University of Tokyo, Japan, 2000. He was a postdoc at RIKEN Harima Institute for 7 years and then moved to the University of Tokyo. He was a contract lecturer from 2007 to 2009 and contract associate professor from 2009 to 2011 in applied chemistry and Synchrotron Radiation Research Organization at the University of Tokyo. He moved to the Institute for Solid State Physics, the University of Tokyo in 2011 as an associate professor, which is his present position as well. His research interests are soft X-ray emission spectroscopy, core-induced dynamics and its applications, electro catalysis in fuel cells, electronic structure of water and aqueous solutions, interfaces and biomaterials. He constructed in total seven soft X-ray emission spectrometers in Japan, always following the No.1 energy resolution and stability in the world. He received Best Paper Award from The Physical Society of Japan in 2004 and Young Scientist Award from Japanese Society for Synchrotron Radiation Research in 2005.
Shinji KOHARA
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
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Shinji KOHARA
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Position

Principal Researcher,  Synchrotron X-ray Group, RCAMC,  National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

Presentation Topic

Atomic and nano scale structure in liquid probed by quantum beam scattering and modeling (Abstract)

Biography

Dr. Shinji Kohara is a Principal Researcher at the Synchrotron X-ray Group, Light/Quantum Beam Field, Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan. His research interests are focused on synchrotron X-ray diffraction from glasses, liquids, and amorphous materials and computer simulations. He was a beamline scientist at high-energy X-ray diffraction beamline of SPring-8 and built the dedicated X-ray PDF diffractometer for disordered materials with a beamline laser heating system for aerodynamics levitation furnace.

Jelena MUNCAN
University of Belgrade, Serbia
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Jelena MUNCAN
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Position

Teaching Assistant at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Presentation Topic

The Prospects of Aquaphotomics in Biomedical Science and Engineering (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Jelena Munćan currently works as Teaching Assistant at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is a mechanical engineer with a PhD degree in Biomedical engineering.

Since 2011 she was introduced to the field of Aquaphotomics, which considerably shaped all her subsequent research. The framework of Aquaphotomics inspired her to search for better understanding of water phenomena and how it can be implemented for the purposes of biomedical diagnostics and therapy, as well as better understanding of the role of water in biological organisms.

Her research area and interests are highly multidisciplinary, involving application of spectroscopy and chemical imaging for the characterization of hydrated biomaterials including nanomaterials, non-invasive diagnostics of cancer, as well as improving current therapeutic modalities.

Zoltan KOVACS
Szent István University, Hungary
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Zoltan KOVACS
Szent István University, Hungary

Position

PhD, Assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Control, Faculty of Food Science, Szent István University, Hungary

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics Course : Data analysis and Software (with Bernhard Pollner) (Abstract) (Presentation)

Aquaphotomics in agriculture, Aquaphotomics for water quality: Application of Aquaphotomics to learn more about the rules of water (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

PhD, assistant professor at Szent Istvan University, MSc in Food Engineering (2007), PhD in Food Science (2012) His original main field of interest is the application and improvement of machine sensing systems, with particular respect to electronic tongue and the related measurement protocol and data evaluation techniques. His early works in agricultural and food sciences and in pharmaceutical fields drew the attention of the manufacturer of electronic tongue instruments, and he was invited for collaborations. Recently, he has been also working with near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) using the novel aquaphotomics data evaluation approach. He spent three years as a post-doctorate research fellow in Professor Tsenkova’s group in Kobe University, Japan. He has been investigating the application of aquaphotomics for various systems including biological organisms and different types of water samples, and developing measurement and data evaluation techniques for the rapid and non-invasive application of NIRS and aquaphotomics.
Masaaki TSUBOUCHI
Kansai Photon Science Institute, Japan
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Masaaki TSUBOUCHI
Kansai Photon Science Institute, Japan

Position

Ph.,D. Principal Researcher at the Kansai Photon Science Institute, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan

Presentation Topic

Ion effects on the structure of water studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Masaaki Tsubouchi is currently a Principal Researcher of Kansai Photon Science Institute at National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), where he has been since 2016. He received B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in Science from the Graduate University of Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Japan, in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he worked at RIKEN in Japan as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher working on the development of the femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging spectroscopy. In 2005, he moved to the University of British Columbia in Canada as a Postdoctoral Fellow to research the pulse shaping of the mid-infrared femtosecond laser pulse. In 2009, he joined Japan Atomic Energy Agency working on the development of the intense terahertz light source.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Invited Speakers

Tsutomu UCHIDA
Hokkaido University, Japan
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Tsutomu UCHIDA
Hokkaido University, Japan

Position

Division of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Xenon plays inhibition roles on the neuronal network activities (Abstract)

Biography

  • 1993 Doctor of Engineering, Hokkaido University
    • Air hydrate formation in Antarctic ice sheet
  • 1992-1994 Post-Doctoral Fellow of Science and Technology Agency
    • CO2 sequestration in deep sea
  • 1994-2004 AIST Hokkaido
    • CO2 hydrate formation in deep sea
    • CH4 hydrate development
    • Physical properties of gas hydrates
  • 2004-present Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
    • Cryobiology
    • Clathrate hydrates
    • Nano-scale imaging
Shigeaki MORITA
Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan
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Shigeaki MORITA
Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan

Position

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Hydration Structure of Intermediate Water in Medical Polymers (Abstract)

Biography

Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Japan

Ph.D. (2001), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan (Prof. Hideharu Ushiki Group)

2001-2003, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hokkaido University, Japan (Prof. Masatoshi Osawa Group)

2003-2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kwansei-Gakuin University, Japan (Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki Group)

2007-2012, Assistant Professor, Nagoya University, Japan (Prof. Kuniyuki Kitagawa Group)

2012-preent, Associate Professor, Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan (Principle Investigator)

Membership
  • The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
  • The Chemical Society of Japan
  • The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
  • The Spectroscopical Society of Japan
  • Japan Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy
Journal Editor
  • Associate Editor, Analytical Sciences
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Polymer Chemistry
Award
  • 2011, Asahi Kasei Award, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
  • 2011, NIR Advance Award, Japan Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • 2013, Best Paper Award, The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
  • 2015, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, XV Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry
Eri CHATANI
Kobe University, Japan
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Eri CHATANI
Kobe University, Japan

Position

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Investigation of Water Molecular System Dynamics in the Early Stages of Amyloid Formation (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

2011-present: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University

2008-2011: Assistant Professor, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Ritsumeikan University

2003-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University

2002-2003: Assistant Research Staff, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University

2002: PhD, Department of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

Research Fields and Interests:

My research has principally focused on physicochemical properties of protein molecules and my current interest is protein aggregation including amyloid fibril formation.  Insulin protein has been mainly used as a model protein for understanding the detailed molecular mechanisms of amyloid fibril formation and recently we are trying to investigate the nucleation event occurring in the early stage of the fibrillation pathway. My research interest expands to every process associated with clustering or assembling, with a goal for the future of comprehensive understanding of protein self-organization.

Dusan KOJIC
Keio University, Japan
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Dusan KOJIC
Keio University, Japan

Position

Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics Course :  Introduction (with Roumiana Tsenkova) (Abstract)

Cooperative Hydrogen Bonding in Ionic Hydration (Abstract

Biography

I was born on September 11th 1974. in Belgrade, Serbia. My BSc, MSc and PhD studies were completed at University of Belgrade, Serbia, from 1993 to 2011. My PhD work started with the applications of nanotechnology to medicine by using Magnetic Force Microscopy in scanning human skin histopathology samples. Simultaneously, I became involved with BioImaging applications and signal processing as a part of R&D project aimed at developing a new method called Opto-Magnetic Spectroscopy (OMS) for in vivo screening of skin-cancers and early diagnosis of melanoma. I was involved in developing a customized hardware & software solutions for automated digital acquisition and processing of CCD camera images. As a final result, I have co-authored four papers in the field of OMS, as a hardware & software engineer.

My Post-doc work started at Kobe University where I spent 3 months (during year 2011.) in the laboratory of Prof. Roumiana Tsenkova, to complete the training in a new approach to studying the structure of water called AquaPhotomics and Multivariate analysis of NIR spectra of water and water based solutions.

My recent and current work is based at Keio University, where I transitioned in second half of year 2011, after completion of training at Kobe University, and is focused around AquaPhotomics. I amd currently affiliated with Dept. of Pharmacology at Keio University, Tokyo. I started my work with characterizing intracellular and extracellular water in Chinese Hamster Ovarian (CHO) cell cultures and my work has since expanded to studies of hydration of various small molecules, as well as to AquaPhotomics of human urine.

My current research interests are focused on improving the pre-processing methods for NIR spectra, and its application onto various water based organic and inorganic solutions, with the purpose of elucidating details of quantitative characterization of hydrogen bonding in water.

Mika ISHIGAKI
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
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Mika ISHIGAKI
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Position

Associate Professor, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Presentation Topic

In vivo monitoring of the growth of medaka eggs by near-infrared imaging (Abstract)

Biography

Work experience
  • 2016.4 - present
    • Associate professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • 2015.4-2016.3
    • Japan society for the promotion of science, restart postdoctoral fellowship
  • 2011.4-2015.3
    • Post doctoral fellowship, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • 2010.5-2011.3
    • Technical assistant, Kobe University
Education
Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, 2006.3 (Ph.D.)
Bernhard POLLNER
University of Innsbrug, Austria
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Bernhard POLLNER
University of Innsbrug, Austria

Position

University of Innsbrug, Austria

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics course : Data analysis and Software (with Zoltan KOVACS) (Abstract) (Presentation)

Aquaphotomics for analysis of Interface (Presentation)

Biography

Graduated to MD from Innsbruck Medical School in 2004 and has been involved in various fields of science since then, always with a focus on non-mainstream and unconventional topics. He works as a scientific consultant for a well known Austrian company, and one of his main interests is water resp. water in biological systems. He worked one year as a visiting scientist in the water-research laboratory of Prof. Gerald Pollack at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, followed by a stay at Kobe University, Japan, where he started working with the Aquaphotomics data-evaluation approach of near infrared spectroscopy data. He is specialized in developing and implementing data-analysis and - visualization workflows and easy to use, yet powerful near infrared spectroscopy data evaluation techniques. Currently, Dr. Pollner works at the Department of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Everine VAN DE KRAATS
ViaLight Research, The Netherlands
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Everine VAN DE KRAATS
ViaLight Research, The Netherlands

Position

Research Manager at ViaLight Research, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Presentation Topic

Aquaphotomics for investigating water functionality (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Studied Medical Technical Computer Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, PhD Medical Imaging (3D Rotational X-Ray for Image Guided Interventions) at the University Hospital Utrecht with Philips Healthcare, Clinical Scientist for 4 years at Philips Healthcare for Cardio/Vascular X-ray, followed by 2 years Senior Scientist at Sino-Dutch Centre for Personalized and Preventive Medicine (Leiden University) investigating biological ultra-weak photon emission in relation to health and 3 years Research Manager at ViaLight Research focused on agricultural health and water research using ultra-weak photon emission and spectroscopy with Aquaphotomics as main focus.

Keiichiro SHIRAGA
Kyoto University, Japan
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Keiichiro SHIRAGA
Kyoto University, Japan

Position

Post-Doctoral Research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Characterization of intracellular water investigated with terahertz spectroscopy (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Keiichiro Shiraga was born in Los Angeles, USA, on August 1, 1989. Under the direction of Prof. Ogawa, he received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. His Ph.D. research is on the structure and dynamics of water around biomolecules and intracellular water based on broadband terahertz spectroscopy. He is now currently a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) research fellow PD.
Takeyoshi GOTO
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
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Takeyoshi GOTO
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Position

Assistant Professor at the School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Photoabsorption of liquid water in far-ultraviolet region (Abstract)

Biography

Takeyoshi Goto received the B.S. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in 1999 and the Ph.D. degree from Osaka University, Japan, in 2010. Following postdoctoral positions at National Food Research Institute at Tsukuba and at Kwansei Gakuin University at Sanda, Japan, he joined the faculty at Kwansei Gakuin University as an assistant professor in 2014. His current research interest is Far-UV absorption of liquid water and its applications to analytical chemistry.

Naoki YAMAMOTO
Kobe University, Japan
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Naoki YAMAMOTO
Kobe University, Japan

Position

Project Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan

Presentation Topic

Effects of Hydration on Protein Dynamics and its Thermal Excitation Studied by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (Abstract)

Biography

Graduated (2010) from the Graduated School of Science, Kobe University Ph.D (2010, Science); “Study on mechanisms on membrane-acting peptides” supervised by Prof. Atsuo Tamura Post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Photoscience Research Center, Kobe University (2010-2014) Project Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University (2014- onward) : “Elucidation of the role of prefibrillar intermediates on the amyloid fibril formation” collaborating with Prof. Eri Chatani I have been studying proteins using kinds of spectroscopic and thermodynamic methods to elucidate the relationships between protein dynamics and its functional expression or abnormal aggregation that might cause undesirable diseases such as amyloidosis. Especially, temperature and hydration level are important factor that determine protein fluctuations that might be related to the functional expression.
Atsushi NUMATA
Institute for Water Science, Suntory Global Innovation Center, Japan
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Atsushi NUMATA
Institute for Water Science, Suntory Global Innovation Center, Japan

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Institute for Water Science, Suntory Global Innovation Center, Japan

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“Water Channeling Life” Project (Abstract) (Presentation)

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Graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo, specialized in biotechnology (2008)

Master's Degree in Applied Biotechnology from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo (2010)

Joined Suntory, Institute for Water Science (2010)

Gakuro HARADA
Kyushu University, Japan
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Gakuro HARADA
Kyushu University, Japan

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Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

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Electrochemically reduced water, a type of functional water, has reactive oxygen species scavenging activity in HT1080 (Abstract)

Biography

Gakuro Harada is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University. From 2011 until 2016 he was with the graduate school of systems life sciences, Kyushu University. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 in Systems Life Sciences from Kyushu University. He has been adopted as Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2015.

His group investigates the function and mechanism of water. Special aspects include cellular engineering, food functional science, functional water, redox signalling.

José Ángel MARTINEZ-GONZALEZ
University College Dublin, Ireland
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José Ángel MARTINEZ-GONZALEZ
University College Dublin, Ireland

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Post Doctoral Researcher, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

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Water infrared spectrum at the interface with silicon and hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces using molecular dynamics approach (Abstract) (Presentation)

Biography

Jose obtained his degree in Chemistry from University of La Rioja in 2006. He completed his PhD at the same university in 2013, with a study of the reaction mechanism and kinetics of hepatitis C virus NS3/NS4A protease.  In this study he applied several theoretical approaches to simulate the enzymatic reaction mechanism. From January 2014 to January 2015, Jose was working in the soft matter field, focusing on the amorphization of silica family derivatives and electronic characterization of these materials at the University Autónoma de Barcelona under Dr A Rimola supervision. In September 2015, he joined Dr Gowen's Group, under the mentorship of Dr N English, to study and characterize the interface between soft mater, water and biomolecules using the molecular dynamics simulations.