Ten Years of iCeMS
Founded in 2007, iCeMS marks its 10th anniversary in 2017.
How have the seeds planted upon iCeMS' inception grown in the past ten years?
Let's trace the footprints of iCeMS
- The history of the institute
- Fruits of research
- International activities
- Outreach activities
- iCeMS selected by MEXT as a WPI Research Center
- iCeMS founded
- The first iCeMS Seminar held
The World Premier International (WPI) Research Center Initiative
A project launched in 2007 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to establish "globally visible" institutes with superb research environments and high quality results. Five institutes including iCeMS were selected as WPI Centers in 2007.
- The Center for iPS Cell Research CiRA established and Application (CiRA) established as part of iCeMS (Founding Director: Prof. Shinya Yamanaka)
- The Science Communication Group (SCG) formed
- The first iCeMS Café held
Science Communication Group
Works as a bridge between researchers and the public. Attracted much attention with its "Hands on with Stem Cells!" sugoroku (Japanese board game) released in 2015.
An opportunity for casual dialogue about science between iCeMS researchers and the public in a relaxed atmonphere.
- iCeMS Main Building completed
- iCeMS Satellite at Gifu University established
- The first iCeMS retreat (researcher's camp) held
- Prof. Susumu Kitagawa listed as aThomson Reuters Citation Laureate
- The iCeMS Satellite at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research National Centre for Biological Sciences
- The 10th iCeMS Café held
Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate
Thomson Reuters annually honors the authors of excellent papers cited with extreme frequency by other researchers. This serves as a clue to predicting Nobel Prize nominees!
- Project launched by Director Norio Nakatsuji et al. to achieve the practical use of ES cells
- Sugiyama Lab developed a DNA selfassembly system, the"DNA origami" method.
- Joint Symposium with Heidelberg University held in Heidelberg, Germany
DNA origami is the nanoscale folding of DNA strands to create two- or three-dimensional structures. The specificity of the interactions between complementary base pairs makes DNA a useful construction material.
- Joint Symposium with the Center for Life Sciences (CLS) at Tsinghua and Peking Universities held in Beijing, China
- Co-hosted the World Stem Cell Summit 2013 (Florida, USA) with Karolinska Institute and others
- Prof. Shinya Yamanaka awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Prof. Susumu Kitagawa appointed as new Director of iCeMS
- “Biomaterials Science” journal, co-published with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), launched
- The 10th Japan-France Workshop on Nanomaterials and the first WPI Workshop on Materials Science (Kyoto) co-hosted by four WPI Centers in material science and Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
- Porous materials that release gas molecules in response to light irradiation developed by the research group led by Assoc. Prof. Shuhei Furukawa, Asst. Prof. Stéphane Diring and Director Susumu Kitagawa
The developed porous coordination polymers (PCPs) were assembled using metal ions and organic links, which possess framework structures with one nanometer porosity. Nitric oxide trapped in pores can be released on-demand by light irradiation.
- "The Chemistry of Life" online edX lecture opened by Prof. Motonari Uesugi
- Four WPI institutes in material science participated in the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) 2016 Spring Meeting (Lille, France)
- Assoc. Prof. Easan Sivaniah’s group developed superior gas separation membrane materials.
Free online courses from more than 20 world-leading universities, including MIT and Harvard. iCeMS was the first Japanese institute to join this project. Around 26,000 students have taken Prof. Uesugi's lecture.
gas separation membrane materials
Gas separation membranes are a technology proposed to separate carbon dioxide from exhaust gases. The team has successfully developed membrane materials which exhibit superior properties and greater durability at a lower cost than conventional membranes.
- Her Royal Highness Princess Maha ChakriSirindhorn of Thailand visited iCeMS
- Assoc. Prof. Tatsuya Murakami's group developed a lightinduced method for controlling pain sensations in single neuronal cells.
- First Learning Lounge held
- Workshops linked to the "Think Like a Crow!" TV program on NHK Educational
- "Our World, Your Future" newsletter launched
method for controlling pain sensations in single neuronal cells.
When illuminated by near-infrared light, rodshaped gold nanomaterials are capable of highly efficient heat generation. Engineering the surface of these nanomaterials with serum proteins effectively and safely delivers them to the plasma membrane of sensory neurons. Upon illumination of the gold-nanomaterial-bound cells, TRPV1, the primal heat-sensitive nociceptor in our body, can be locally heated to induce a pain signaling. This is the first demonstration of remote control of TRPV1 in intact neuronal cells.
- Signing of the partnership agreement with Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand
- 200th iCeMS Seminar Special lecture by Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry