Dear participants of the 12th International Congress on Protein Phosphatase
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I’m honored to host the 12th International Congress on Protein Phosphatase （ICPP12）at Kindai University, Osaka, Japan, October 27-30, 2016.
The theme of this year’s ICPP12 is “Protein phosphatase for Translational Research” and our goal is to ensure that protein phosphatase research will contribute to promoting human health and advancing medicine. This congress will be jointly organized by the ongoing MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities at Kindai University. The aim of this program is to establish a research foundation in Kindai University, that will serve as a cross-disciplinary platform for strategic cancer research, including the elucidation of molecular basis and the regulatory mechanisms of cancer as well as the discovery of innovative therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment. We anticipate that the outcomes of this program will promote basic and clinical cancer research, which will contribute to cancer prevention as well as the development of new products for the pharmaceutical industries.
Because phosphorylation events executed by phosphatases and kinases are the most attractive mechanistic targets for cancer therapy, I believe that this congress will be instrumental in taking up the challenge of uniting basic research with clinical application research focused on defeating cancer. We believe the Kindai project will serve as a driver in developing, strengthening and disseminating evidence-based practices to the world.
Kindai University is one of the largest comprehensive Universities in Japan and for the last 3 years the number of applicants has exceeded one hundred thousand, ranking it number 1 in Japan. This fact, along with its world renowned research in farm raising tuna and research excellence in the life sciences makes Kindai University one of the most highly regarded universities in Japan.
As an innovative feature, this congress will provide a forum for young scientists to attend and present their research. Therefore, we have decided to give prominence to a wide range of workshops by speakers selected from graduate, undergraduate, young academic staff, and senior-high-school students. I believe this inclusive feature of ICPP12 will promote lively discussion and serve as a motivational force to help researchers and young scientists/students to maximize their potential.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you in October in 2016 at KINDAI University, Japan!!
Head of the Organizing Committee of ICPP12 and MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Kindai University
Reiko SUGIURA Toshio WATANABE
Chair and Professor, Department Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Schiences,
of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nara Women's University
Faculty of Pharmacy,
Kowakae 3-4-1, Higashiosaka City, Osaka 577-8502, JAPAN