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Thursday, 10th July 2008-Japanese Ambassador to Ireland Visits RCSI to Mark Japan-Ireland Research Collaboration

10 July 2008

Mr. Toshinao Urabe, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, paid an official visit to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) this evening. Mr. Urabe, accompanied by First Secretary Mr. Yamada, met with Professor Masayuki Kobayashi, Nihon University, Tokyo, who is currently visiting RCSI, and with officials and scientists from RCSI including Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Professor John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience; Professor David Croke, MCT; Dr. Colm O’Tuathaigh, MCT; Ms. Daniela Babovic, MCT and Dr. Lieve Desbonnet, MCT.


Pictured from l to r are Professor John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI; Mr. Toshinao Urabe, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland and Professor Cathal Kelly, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI.

The visit was to mark the award of a research grant of Yen380m [Euro2.3m] to Prof. Koshikawa, Prof. Iwata and Prof. Kobayashi at The School of Dentistry and Dental Research Centre, Nihon University, for a Translational Research Network on Orofacial Neurological Disorders. An important element of this program is a network of international faculty and their research teams. These collaborators include Prof. John Waddington, Molecular & Cellular Therapeutics, RCSI, together with colleagues in the Netherlands, Canada and USA.
 
In 2000 Prof. Waddington was Visiting Professor at Nihon University School of Dentistry, while from 1999-2001 and again in 2006, Dr. Katsunori Tomiyama was a visiting research fellow in RCSI. Over the past decade, six scientists from NihonUniversity have visited RCSI. In September 2008 Prof. Waddington will visit NihonUniversity.