The 5th International Joint Symposium :

Promotion of Infectious
Disease Research
Cooperation between
Africa and Japan

*If you don’t have access to this registration form or encounter any problems to register, please contact the secretariat at: amed_africa_symposium@event-info.jp

Outline

  1. Date and time : Thursday, 5th November 2020,11:00-14:10 (EAT) / 17:00-20:10 (JST)
  2. Event formats : Combination of onsite and online
    • Onsite event : Tokyo(FUKURACIA Tokyo Station, 5F Asahi Seimei Otemachi Bldg.,
      2-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
    • Online event : Live stream of the event will be shown to all webinar participants. The live streaming page will be announced by e-mail after registration.
  3. Language : English
  4. Participant registration and follow-up :
    • All participants should register by themselves.
    • For the invited participants, connection and presentations through Webinar will be supported by professional staff.

Aim

Japan is committed to the development of countermeasures against infectious diseases, including Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), in African countries. As a biomedical funding agency, AMED supports international research programs, including the international Collaborative Research Program for Tackling NTDs Challenges in African Countries (ICREP-NTDs)*1, and Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)*2, among others.

Since its establishment in 2015, AMED has supported research projects addressing important needs in Africa, with social implementation as its ultimate goal. Furthermore, through the fostering of equal partnerships, researchers in early career stages have been actively involved and trained in those projects. Regional centers for Africa-Japan research cooperation have also been established, which will function as hubs in a Science, Technology and Innovation network, specifically targeting the control of infectious diseases.

This symposium has two aims: 1) to provide information about collaborative research activities between African countries and Japan in the field of infectious diseases to relevant stakeholders, including researchers, government officials, international organizations and African countries; and 2) to expand the Pan-African-Network for infectious disease research across projects, programs, and countries. In order to facilitate the promotion of research cooperation for science, technology and innovation between Africa and Japan in the area of infectious disease research, we have invited speakers from past and ongoing projects of the SATREPS and ICREP-NTDs programs, and it is our hope that all participants will broaden their collaboration to extend beyond the boundaries of projects, programs, and countries thorough this symposium.

*1 International Collaborative Research Program for Tackling NTDs Challenges in African Countries (ICREP-NTDs) was established in response to the Leaders Declaration on "NTDs" at the G7 Summit in 2015, and subsequently, was proposed by the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council in Tokyo. This program aims to obtain and implement useful research outcomes for society, and to facilitate cooperation between Africa and Japan.

*Principal Investigators of on-going projects :

*Program Supervisor, Program Officers :

*2 Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research. This program is structured as a collaboration between the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED), which provides competitive research funds for medical research and development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provides development assistance (ODA). Based on the needs of developing countries, the program aims to address global issues and lead to research outcomes of practical benefit to both local and global society.

*Principal Investigators of on-going projects :

*Program Supervisor, Program Officers :

*If you don’t have access to this registration form or encounter any problems to register, please contact the secretariat at: amed_africa_symposium@event-info.jp

Agenda at a glance (tentative)

EAT : East Africa Time, JST : Japan Standard Time

Time (EAT/JST) Event
11:00 / 17:00 Opening remarks
11:05 / 17:05 Guest greetings
11:10 / 17:10 Keynote speech
11:40 / 17:40 Presentations from Successful Collaborative Research Projects in Africa
12:40 / 18:40 Introduction of on-going projects and Panel discussion
14:00 / 20:00 Closing remarks
14:10 / 20:10 Closing

PROGRAM (tentative)

Time (East Africa Time / Japan Standard Time) Event / Program
11:00 / 17:00 Opening remarks

MISHIMA Yoshinao, President, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

11:05 / 17:05 Guest greetings

TAKIZAWA Ikuo, Senior Deputy Director General / Senior Director,
Office for COVID-19 Response / Human Development Department,
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

11:10 / 17:10 Keynote speech

John Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

11:40 / 17:40 Presentations from Successful Collaborative Research Projects in Africa

※Chairperson: KITA Kiyoshi, SATREPS Program Officer

1) MINAKAWA Noboru, Professor, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University (Japan) / Neville Sweijd, Acting Director, the applied Centre for Climate & Earth System Science (Republic of South Africa)

2) TANIGUCHI Kiyosu, Division Head, National Mie Hospital (Japan) / Speaker from a research counterpart (TBD) (Republic of Ghana)

12:40 / 18:40 Introduction of on-going projects and Panel Discussion

※ Chairperson: WATATABE Haruo, SATREPS / ICREP-NTDs Program Supervisor

  • ※ Panelists:
  • (Onsite participation)
  • YAMADA Akio, SATREPS Program Officer
  • KITA Kiyoshi, SATREPS Program Officer
  • NISHIGAKI Takashi, ICREP-NTDs Program Officer
  • KIYONO Hiroshi, Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • YASUDA Jiro, Professor, Nagasaki University
  • TAKADA Ayato, Professor, Hokkaido University
  • KANEKO Akira, Professor, Osaka City University
  • SUZUKI Koichi, Professor, Teikyo University
  • (Online participation)
  • Abraham Kwabena Anang, Director, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana (Republic of Ghana)
  • Bertrand Lell, Director, Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL) (Republic of Gabon)
  • Edgar Simulundu, Assistant Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia(Republic of Zambia)
  • (TBD), National Institute of Biomedical Research (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Gitaka Jesse, Senior Researcher, Directorate of Research and Innovation, Mount Kenya University (Republic of Kenya)
  • Aubin Yao, Country Director, Hope Commission International (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire)
14:00 / 20:00 Closing remarks

WATATABE Haruo, SATREPS / ICREP-NTDs Program Supervisor

14:10 / 20:10 Closing

On-Demand video

Streaming period : October 29, 2020 – December 4, 2020

Streaming videos :

・Presentation video of the Keynote Speech (30min)

Dr. John Nkengasong(Director of Africa CDC)(candidate)

・Introduction videos of on-going projects(5min each)*
  1. The project led by professor KIYONO Hiroshi(The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, supported by the SATREPS program)
  2. The project led by professor YASUDA Jiro (Nagasaki University, supported by the SATREPS program)
  3. The project led by professor TAKADA Ayato(Hokkaido University Research Center for Zoonosis Control, supported by the SATREPS program)
  4. The project led by professor KANEKO Akira(Osaka City University, supported by the SATREPS program)
  5. The project led by professor SUZUKI Koichi(Teikyo University, supported by the ICREP-NTDs program)

*Introduction videos of on-going projects will be available on the AMED homepage after the symposium.

Contact

amed_africa_symposium@event-info.jp