The 2018 Kyoto Prize Workshops

Causal Approaches to Brain Functions Through Optogenetics and Beyond

Karl Deisseroth

/  Neuroscientist

Advanced Technology

Biotechnology and Medical Technology


Haruhiko Bito

Hideki Kandori

Polina Anikeeva

Mikhail G. Shapiro


Opening Address, Introduction of Laureate: Haruhiko Bito
Keynote Talk: Karl Deisseroth (Laureate in Advanced Technology)
“Illuminating the Brain”
Hideki Kandori (Professor / Director, Department of Life Science and Applied Chemistry, OptoBio Technology Research Center, Nagoya Institute of Technology)
“Biophysics of Rhodopsins”
Polina Anikeeva (Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Neural Interfaces”
Mikhail G. Shapiro (Assistant Professor / Heritage Principal Investigator, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology)
“Acoustic Biomolecules for Non-invasive Ultrasonic Imaging and Control of Cellular Function”
Ending Address: Shoichi Himono (Executive Managing Director, Inamori Foundation)


Karl Deisseroth


Dr. Deisseroth focused on microbial light-activated proteins such as channelrhodoposin of green algae and spearheaded “optogenetics”—a new methodological discipline in which neurons can be activated or inhibited on the millisecond scale using light. This achievement has revolutionized the field of systems neuroscience, enabling causal study of neuronal assembly activity and resulting function, beyond correlational studies.


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*Workshop are for researchers and experts in their respective fields.

Organized by Inamori Foundation
Co-organized by Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, World-leading Innovative Graduate Study Program of Life Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, “Brain Information Dynamics”, Kyoto Prefectural Government, Kyoto City Government, NHK
With the Cooperation of the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry, the Japan Neuroscience Society

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