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Groningen - Osaka Bi-Annual 2-day Conference 2015

Wanneer:vr 09-10-2015 10:00 - 17:00
Waar:Van Swinderen Huys - Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen
Groningen–Osaka bi-annual conference 2015
Groningen–Osaka bi-annual conference 2015

Groningen–Osaka bi-annual conference 2015

A two-day seminar in the framework of the Groningen-Osaka biannual fora; celebratory event for the tenth anniversary of the Osaka office in Groningen 9th–10th October 2015
Organised by: Osaka University, European Centre for Academic Initiatives Groningen, & Globalisation Studies Groningen/Humanitarian Action Program (NOHA), University of Groningen

Day 1 : Humanitarianism and its global challenges: multi-disciplinary perspectives

Early in the third millenium it is clear that manmade and natural disasters will dominate the global agenda for the next decennia. Climate change, reconfiguration of the multipolar balance of power and declining natural resources have resulted already in massive human suffering worldwide. Nepal, the Central African Republic, Ukraine, West-Africa, Myanmar are examples in kind. The concept of vulnerable populations has become more leading in shaping humanitarian action concerning concrete action and theatres of operation, putting on all humanitarian shoulders the task of incorporating all aspects that feed vulnerability into their activities.

Across the humanitarian landscape there is a need for interdisciplinary educated humanitarian workers capable of integrating political, security, socio-economic and public health aspects into their work, whilst the same need exists for professionals-specialists capable of positioning their expertise in the global dynamics of manmade and natural disaster, in the conflict/disaster cycle of impact, recovery, (re)development and preparedness. Japan and the Netherlands are significant donors (publicly and privately) to organisations operating in humanitarian action; also, these countries are home to many such organisations and ‘general’ humanitarian actors. Last but not least, academic institutions in both countries are heavily involved in evidence-based research on health and humanitarianism. Enjoying excellent bilateral relationships, the two countries are well positioned to push the agenda for the interdisciplinary concept of international humanitarian action.

Osaka and Groningen propose to discuss the challenges in an interdisciplinary setting during the first part of a two-day seminar, bringing together experts from a variety of fields engaged in research and policy on contemporary humanitarianism. Conceptualisation and codification of a harmonised approach, the actual level of integratedness of humanitarianism in the transformative approach, the interplay between humanitarian principles and global values, the clash between short term necessities versus long(er) term requirements, the role global health plays in the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit and the sustainable education of staff involved will be addressed during the seminar, allowing the universities to display their rich ongoing research and connect to colleagues for new research plans and avenues of funding.

Speakers to this part of the seminar will be:

Dr. Yukari Ando (Osaka University)
Dr. C.K. Lamont (University of Groningen; EU-Japan Humanitarianism in the Middle East: Conflict or Cooperation )
Dr. Stefano Tsukamoto (University of Osaka)
Dr. Nadine Völkner (University of Groningen; health in emergencies)
Prof.dr. André Zwitter (University of Groningen; A Japan-EU Human Security Framework to Humanitarian Action )
Dr. Gareth Connah (Regional Director, European Center for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University (Osaka-Groningen cooperation, the function of the European Center)
Prof.dr. Joost Herman (University of Groningen; Groningen-Osaka cooperation; the relevance of international (health) law in conflict and humanitarianism)

Day 2: Regenerative medicine in a global context

The Center for Global Health (CGH) was established at Osaka University Hospital in 2013 with a firm commitment in promoting “global health” aiming to reach the level that CGH’s effort in medical globalization will lead to the promotion of medical innovation in Japan as well as in the rest of the world. Research is one of the key tools in this strategy. One area of impressive importance is r egenerative medicine, a nascent field of advanced innovation in medicine described as the creation of tissues that provide, repair, replace or restore structures and functions absent or lost due to congenital defects, ageing, disease, or damage. S tem cell research and the development of regenerative medicine is expected to provide tools for the replacement or repair of damaged tissues, opening up possibilities to treat many diseases that cannot otherwise be effectively treated. To promote the development of and access to regenerative medicine, it is important to take a balanced view of the expedited provision of innovative therapies and appropriate steps to ensure safety and efficacy.

The University of Groningen no less delivers its contribution in this important field of medical innovation. Its REGENERATE programme (Restoring Organ Function by Means of Regenerative Medicine) attracts worldwide attention for its cutting edge research and science.

At the seminar speakers from Osaka University and Groningen University with expertise in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology will speak about: myocardial repair and/or regeneration using stem/progenitor cell transplantation; a promising new approach for the treatment of coronary heart disease (including acute/subacute myocardial infarction (MI) and post-MI heart failure) ; regeneration of the meniscus, a biomechanically important cartilage tissue found in knee joints that has limited healing potential due to poor vascularity; and the regeneration of the cornea from oral mucosa to improve vision. It is hoped that all of these treatments will allow patients to have a better quality of life. Recent developments will be put in a global perspective of usefulness and accessibility.

Speakers to this part of the seminar will be:

Prof.dr. Ken Nakata ( Engineering new men i sci cartilage in the knee joint - translational research )
Prof.dr. Ken Suzuki ( Stem cell transplantation for the treatment of heart failure)
Dr. Yoshinori Oie (Ophthalmology and regenerative medicine)
Prof.dr. Marco Harmsen, (Dept. Pathology & Medical Biology: Regenerative Medicine – the UMCG and personal perspective)
Prof.dr. Rob Coppes (Dept. Cell Biology; salivary gland reconstruction with stem cells)
Dr. Patrick van Rijn (Dept. Biomedical Engineering: Towards smart biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine)

Groningen–Osaka bi-annual conference 2015

Day 1 : Humanitarianism and its global challenges: multi-disciplinary perspectives

For full programme see calendar item website GSG