Her Excellency Ms Mari Miyoshi, the Ambassador of Japan to Ireland and Professor Nobuo Ueno, Director of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science London, attended the NUI Galway led ‘Ireland – Japan Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Meeting’ on June 22 – 23 in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway.
Led by Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis, Director of the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL), and Investigator within CÚRAM, SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices, the Conference is being held as part of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) International Strategic Cooperation Award (ISCA) Japan programme, which aims to strengthen and improve relationships between researchers in Ireland and Japan. The Meeting was opened with an address from Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway.

Seven Japanese scientists with expertise in functional biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology and stem cell technology will attended. They represent prestigious Japanese institutions including the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and RIKEN. Also in attendance were a delegation from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in London and from Science Foundation Ireland, who presented on joint funding opportunities between Ireland and Japan. This was complemented by presentations from leading researchers from NUI Galway and other Irish institutions.

Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis said: “Researchers from NUI Galway visited Japan for industry-academia seminars in May 2015 and this week’s meeting is a follow up to those efforts. The Meeting represents an excellent opportunity for Irish researchers to meet world leading scientists and develop new relationships.”
For further information contact Joseph Moore, ISCA Japan Coordinator, NUI Galway on joseph.moore@nuigalway.ie or phone 091 495801.