RIKEN – McGill Symposium

Excellence in Immunology & Genetics

Montreal, 8/9th May 2017

The 2017 RIKEN – McGill Symposium is held with the following objectives

-    Deepen collaborations between RIKEN IMS and McGill University in areas of excellence
-    Advance the agenda of using combined immunological and genetic approaches to address emerging questions in biology and medicine
-    Define mechanisms to fund and implement collaborations

McCord Museum - 690 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9

Please note:
Registration is closed, the venue's capacity is reached.
Thank you for your interest. 

Preliminary Program (click here to download program):

Monday, 8th May

8:30 - 8:45     Welcome & Introduction

Mark Lathrop (McGill) & Tadashi Yamamoto (RIKEN)

8:45 - 9:45     Genetics & immunity

Ichiro Taniuchi (RIKEN) – Genetics of immune disorders in human and mouse
Philippe Gros (McGill) – Genetic analysis of neuroinflammation in mouse models
Yoichiro Kamatani (RIKEN) – Large GWAS of non-European population

9:45- 11:45     Type 2 immunity & T regulatory cells

Kazuyo Moro (RIKEN) – Development of group 2 innate lymphoid cells


Jörg Fritz (McGill) – Regulation of group 2 innate lymphoid cells and its functional implications in immunity
Hiroshi Ohno (RIKEN) – Mast cell-group 2 innate lymphoid cell interaction is important for clearance of helminth infection
Ciriacco Piccirillo (McGill) – Inborn errors of FOXP3+ regulatory T cell development in humans

11:45 - 14:20     Tools for functional analysis of the immune-related genome

Kazuhiko Yamamoto (RIKEN) – eQTL analyses of autoimmune diseases
Tomi Pastinen  (McGill) – Genetic drivers of epigenetic and transcriptional variation in human immune cells


Piero Carninci (RIKEN) – An emerging landscape of transcriptome complexity
Ioannis Ragoussis (McGill) – Single-cell genomics at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre

14:20 – 15:35     Tissue Dynamics & Inflammation

Takaharu Okada (RIKEN) – Imaging of skin nerves in normal and pruritic dermatitis conditions
Judith Mandl (McGill) – Visualising the spatiotemporal dynamics of T cells in homeostasis and immunodeficiency
Takashi Tanaka (RIKEN) – Negative regulation of inflammatory responses by LIM proteins


16:00 – 17:40     Cancer

Tadashi Yamamoto (RIKEN) – Roles of Tob (transducer of ErbB2) in the control of cell proliferation and apoptosis
Fumihiko Ishikawa (RIKEN) – Understanding heterogeneity and complexity of leukemia with humanized mouse
Haruhiko Koseki (RIKEN) – Gene regulation by Polycomb variants
Nada Jabado (McGill) – Oncohistones: professional highjackers of the epigenome?

Tuesday 9th May

9:00 – 12:40     Determinants of health and disease

Celia Greenwood (McGill) – Challenges and solutions in analysis of DNA methylation
Ana Nijnik (McGill) – Regulation of the p53 Stress Response Pathway in Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells by the Chromatin-Binding Deubiquitinase MYSM1
Momoko Horikoshi (RIKEN) – Genomic loci associated with birth weight identify genetic links between intrauterine growth and adult metabolic disease
Silvia Vidal (McGill) – The role of model organisms in identifying heterogeneity in host susceptibility to virus infections


Jacek Majewski (McGill) – Genetics of rare diseases
Sidonia Fagarasan (RIKEN) - TBA
Maya Saleh (McGill) – Crosstalk of innate immunity and cell death in inflammatory diseases and cancer
Yukihide Momozawa (RIKEN) – Exploiting multitissular transcriptome data indicates multiple coregulated causative genes per locus in inflammatory bowel disease


13:40 - 14:55     Metabolomics and disease

Marc Dumas (McGill) – Metabolomics and metagenomics in health and disease
Toshimori Kitami (RIKEN) – Chemical genomics of mitochondria in health & disease
Brent Richards (McGill) – Mendelian Randomization for Drug Target Identification Through Metabolomics

14:55 – 15:15     Quantitative approaches

Simon Gravel (McGill) – Population genetics and recent human history


15:30 – 16:45     Summary and discussion

Moderated by Mark Lathrop (McGill) and Tadashi Yamamoto (RIKEN)

In case you have questions in regard to this symposium, please contact:
Ksenia Egorova - Administrative coordinator
Office of the Scientific Director
Tel: 514-398-6583