The first face-to-face workshop for the JSPS core to core program was held successfully last 2022 September 15 at Ehime University. Several participants from the Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES) and Proteo-Science center joined the workshop. Interesting topics were discussed by the invited speakers. Dr. Watanabe opened the symposium followed by the special lecture by Dr. Hann from National University of Singapore. Dr. Hann gave a glimpse of the projects from his laboratory one of which is on the recent advances in antiviral strategies against medically important positive-sense RNA viruses. Dr. Kuwata from Okayama University of Science gave an interesting talk about the status of mosquito-borne viruses in Ehime. Dr. Hirano from Nagasaki University shared his research on Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, which is BSL4 pathogen. Dr. Suzuki from Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University presented novel virus titration assays and screening for antivirals. From Ehime University, Dr. Takahashi and Dr. Suzuki shared their current studies on host-virus interactions. In summary, the symposium successfully presented diverse topics in virology paving the way for future collaborations.
A workshop on emerging and re-emerging viruses will be held on 15 September 2022 from 14:30. Six speakers including Dr. Yasutsugu Suzuki of MECOH Lab Ehime University and Dr. Justin Chu Jang Hann from National University of Singapore will give their presentation about diverse topics about virology.
The program is found below.
Emerging and Re-emerging Viruses Workshop in Ehime
15th September 2022, 14:30-18:10
Room 421, Engineering Bld 2, Johoku Campus, Ehime University
14:30-14:35 Opening remark, Prof. Kozo Watanabe (Ehime University)
Special talk (Chair: Dr. Hirotaka Takahashi)
14:35-15:15 Recent advances in antiviral strategies against medically important positive-sense RNA viruses
Dr. Justin Chu Jang Hann (National University of Singapore)
15:15-15:30 Break and Photo
Session 1 (Chair: Dr. Hirotaka Takahashi)
15:30-15:50 Comprehensive viral-host interactome analysis
Dr. Hirotaka Takahashi (Ehime University)
15:50-16:10 Understanding of mosquito-virus interactions in vivo
Dr. Yasutsugu Suzuki (Ehime University)
Session 2 (Chair: Dr. Yasutsugu Suzuki)
16:20-16:40 Seroepidemiologic study of mosquito-borne arboviruses in Ehime
Dr. Ryusei Kuwata (Okayama University of Science)
16:40-17:00 Analysis of viral and host factors involved in the replication of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus
Dr. Minato Hirano (Nagasaki University)
17:00-17:20 Search for inhibitory agents against emerging RNA viruses
Dr. Youichi Suzuki (Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University)
17:30-18:10 Open discussion
Ehime University and Dhaka University Joint International seminar ON ‘One health towards mosquito-borne disease control and antimicrobial resistance
Mohammad Mosleh Uddin
Research Student, Molecular Ecology and Health Laboratory (MEcoH), Ehime University, Japan
On the 27th of January, 2022, Ehime University in Japan and Dhaka University in Bangladesh held a joint international seminar. The theme of this seminar was ‘One health towards mosquito-borne disease control and antimicrobial resistance’. Selected scientists and students presented their research work from distinct viewpoints and discussed current research challenges in order to establish an international research network and prospective collaboration between the two countries. This seminar was sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) core-to-core program B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms “Ecological approaches to Mosquito-borne disease control”.
The program was opened by a welcoming speech from Professor Kozo Watanabe, Center for Marine Environmental Science (CMES), Ehime university, Japan. Professor Watanabe introduced about JSPS core-to-core program B and the goal of this seminar.
The seminar was split into two sessions. The first session focused on a study of mosquito-borne diseases, with five speakers sharing their research findings. The first speaker, Dr. Sorowar Hossain, Executive Director, Bangladesh Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF) and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Management, Independent University, Bangladesh, spoke extensively about Bangladesh's 21-year history of dengue outbreaks. Mr. Micanaldo E. Francisco, Master student, MEcoH lab, Ehime University presented about dengue forecast study, virus and mosquito vector interaction presented by Mr. Mohammad Mosleh Uddin, Research Student, MEcoH lab, Ehime University and mosquito insecticides resistant study presented by Dr. Ashekul Islam, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. At the end of the first session Mrs. Atikah Fitria Muharromah a doctorate student, presented population genetics of the dengue mosquito.
The theme of the following session was antimicrobial resistance research, with also five speakers presenting their work. As the first speaker, Prof Satoru SUZUKI of Ehime University in Japan discussed the possibility of antibiotic resistance genes spreading through the aquatic environment. Dr. Anwar Hossain, Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, spoke on antibiotic contamination in Bangladeshi finfish and shellfish farming followed by Professor Toru Watanabe, Department of Food, Life & Environmental Sciences, Yamagata University, Mrs. Tanjina Akter Suma, M. Pharm Student, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Mr. Abdul Kuddus APU, B. Pharm Student, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh presented their work about the effect of antibiotic uses and antimicrobial resistance from several perspectives.
This is the first seminar held between Ehime University and Dhaka University, and it has opened the door to a variety of research opportunities. The program has demonstrated that such international seminars can be a valuable platform for meeting new people and expanding professional networks, as well as for keeping up with current trends, forming research collaborations, exchanging students, developing future expertise, and developing overall future plans for problem-solving. The seminar came to a close with a broad discussion that explored numerous alternatives based on the expertise comments:
posted by: Micanaldo Francisco
Micanaldo is an architect and site planner, an aspiring researcher who wishes to reduce malaria in Africa
From September to October, our 2nd year master student Micanaldo has visited Mozambique to coordinate initial actions toward our malaria research in Mozambique. In following, a total of five mud block (adobe) and straw houses were constructed at Lúrio University Campus in Nampula City, to serve as model village for entomological and housing studies. The accomplishment of house construction and preliminary mosquito survey is an important step for the foundation of our future research activities in Africa.