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Italian Brains in Japan: Italian Researchers studying Neuroscience in Japan

The human brain is a fascinating organ controlling the nervous system, which we still fail to understand completely. Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that try to disentangle the brain cognitive functions, and to understand the biological basis of learning, memory, consciousness, and all the typically human behaviours. The recent advances in handling big data and in artificial intelligence are pushing neuroscience towards novel frontiers.

Italian researchers at the forefront of neuroscience are working in Japan. Therefore, in occasion of the Italian Research Day in Japan 2022, we want to showcase their innovative research activities, in collaboration with the Association of the Italian Researchers in Japan (AIRJ). This event is also a part of the Italian Samurai initiative, also carried out in collaboration with AIRJ.
English only.

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17.00 – 17.10 Introduction
– Welcome Dr. Alberto Manai (IIC Director)
– Opening Remarks H.E. Gianluigi Benedetti (Ambassador of Italy to Japan)
– Greetings Prof. Sarah Cosentino, Waseda University (AIRJ President)

Scientific talks:
– 17.10- 17.30 “From virtual to reality: physical, cognitive and neural effects of virtual training on the bodily self”, Dr. Dalila Burin (Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC), Tohoku University)

– 17.30 – 17.50 “Investigating axonal molecular dynamics in regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases”, Dr. Marco Terenzio (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, OIST)

– 17.50– 18.10 “New frontiers in brain science: lasers, deep-nets, and big data”, Dr. Andrea Benucci (RIKEN Center for Brain Science)

– 18.10 – 18.30 Panel Discussion with Dr. Aurelio Cortese (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Kyoto), Prof. Ruggero Micheletto (Yokohama City University), and the speakers

Moderator: Prof. Enrico Traversa (Scientific Counsellor, Embassy of Italy in Japan)

  • Organizzato da: Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo, Ufficio Scientifico