Seven Japanese professors of research visited Dublin from Monday 7th to Thursday 11th September for a joint conference held at Trinity College Dublin. The conference, “Gene-editing, transgenics & stem cells: Frontiers in medicine and molecular therapeutics”, was attended by researchers from across Ireland in addition to the Japanese delegation.

The Irish and Japanese attendees presented cutting-edge research and exchanged ideas over the 4-day visit. Funded wholly through the ISCA Japan programme, this unique meeting provided the setting for a critical mass of scientific and personal exchange.

Professor Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College, opened the week with a reception at the Provost’s House. Professor Prendergast welcomed the Japanese delegation to Ireland, noting that the potential for increased collaboration and cooperation could be seen in the interest shown in attending the conference. The Japanese delegation then proceeded to a tour of Trinity College and the famous Book of Kells library.

On Tuesday 8th September, over 100 researchers joined the 1-day conference, which saw presentations from both Irish and Japanese researchers. The venue for the conference was the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity’s purpose built facility for biomedical research.