-DATE-     Saturday, November 10, 2018
-VENUE-  Room B103, Northwest Bldg., Harvard University
     52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

After the unprecedented high economic growth in the post-war period and the “bubble economy” in the late 1980s, Japan now faces difficult challenges, such as an ageing and declining population and an energy crisis, that other countries have never experienced. Japan is well positioned to offer the world innovative solutions to address those challenges.

“The Japan-US Science Forum in Boston” was inaugurated in 2016, aiming to create an interdisciplinary meeting opportunity that stimulates collaborations between researchers to solve world-wide problems.

Previous forums were held to discuss how science could help an ageing society (in 2016) and a safe food supply (in 2017). This year’s topic is “Sleep” which is essential for all of us. We invited Professor Takao Hensch of Harvard University as a coordinator. Leading researchers from Japan will introduce us to the neuroscientific aspects of  sleep. In the panel discussion, panelists will discuss the human and social aspects of sleep. In addition, we have a poster session, an exhibition, and lunch will be served.


Moderator : Takao K. Hensch, Harvard University, IRCN

 < Registration >
10:30am –

 < Poster Session and Lunch >
11:00am – 12:45pm

 < Opening Remarks >
1:00 – 1:30pm    Kohji Hirata (Director of JSPS Washington Office)
                           Rokuichiro Michii (Consul General of Japan in Boston)
                           Mark C. Elliott (Vice Provost, Harvard University)
                           Takao K. Hensch (Professor, Harvard University, IRCN)

  < Part 1  Key Note Lectures >
1:30 – 2:15pm   Masashi Yanagisawa (Professor, University of Tsukuba, IIIS )                   
2:15 – 3:00pm   Hiroki Ueda (Professor, The University of Tokyo, IRCN)

  < Poster Session and Break >
3:00 – 3:50pm

  < Part 2  Panel Discussion “Sleep and Society” >
3:50 – 5:25pm

(1) Developmental:  Rebecca Spencer (Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain
         Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)                     
(2) Adolescence: Raymond So (Undergraduate Student, Harvard College)
(3) Mental: Sara Lazar (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School)
(4) Social: Merry White (Professor, Department of Anthropology, Boston University)
(5) Discussion all the lecturers

  < Part 3  Award >
5:30 – 5:40pm     Award Ceremony / Closing


Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NOTE: Please use Poster Session Application Form below if you would like to attend the forum as a poster presenter.


VENUE: Room B103, Northwest Bldg., Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


We invite participants to join the poster session program. Please look at “Call for Poster Presentations” for more information.

<Reference> Call for Poster Presentations


Poster Session Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 30, 2018

(*If the number of applicants reaches a certain number, we will close the application form.)

NOTE: Those who submit a poster session application will be registered as forum participants.


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