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About CiRA

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application

Following Prof Shinya Yamanaka's successful generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from human fibroblasts in November 2007, just two months later in January 2008 the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) was established under the auspices of Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in order to further advance iPS cell research. Institute Director Prof Norio Nakatsuji appointed Prof Yamanaka, a principal investigator of the iCeMS, as director of the CiRA.

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On April 1, 2010 Kyoto University reestablished the CiRA as a fully fledged institute under the university's jurisdiction. Prof Yamanaka serves both as director of the new center while continuing in his iCeMS professorship.

The two sister institutes continue to be closely tied in their cooperative investigations involving basic research of iPS cells.

Please see the CiRA website for further details.