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Download the 2014 MBI-Japan Joint Symposium poster (A4).

Download the 2014 MBI-Japan Joint Symposium poster (7.4MB PDF, A4 size).

About the symposium

During the development of multicellular organisms, cells undergo cell proliferation, shape change, and migration, which are the basis of tissue morphogenesis. Elucidating the forces that form and reshape multicellular structures and elicit a myriad of physiological responses is essential for understanding development.

However, only recently the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the physical properties of cells and tissues, and their environments have begun to be investigated. This symposium aims to bring together experts from different fields to pursue an integral and mechanical view of development.


Morphogenesis / Collective cell behavior

Mechanosensing / Mechanoresponses

Tissue mechanics

Cell polarity / Cell division / Cell fate decision





Download the complete abstract book including programme (8.9MB PDF).


The 2014 MBI-Japan Joint Symposium on The Mechanobiology of Development and Multicellular Dynamics aims to bring together experts from different fields to pursue an integral and mechanical view of development.

The symposium will feature 27 invited talks and 12 short talks selected from the abstracts, given by scientists from Japan, Singapore and 4 additional countries. In addition, we will have over 20 poster presentations, presented mainly by young scientists.

Download the complete programme and abstracts book (PDF).


Session chairs

Session I : Multi-scale dynamics – Yusuke Toyama

Session II : Mechanosensing – Naoto Ueno

Session III : Collective cell migration- Yusuke Toyama

Session IV : Cell adhesion regulation and tissue integrity – Fumio Motegi

Session V : Emergent properties of pattern – Tim Saunders

Session VI : Symmetry breaking and tissue mechanics – Masahiro Sokabe

Session VII : Cell division and growth control – Ronen Zaidel-Bar


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Speakers from Japan
Yasuhiro Inoue  |   Kyoto University
Shuji Ishihara  |  Meiji University
Shigeru Kondo  |  Osaka University
Erina Kuranaga  |  RIKEN Center of Developmental Biology
Takeo Matsumoto  |  Nagoya Institute of Technology
Kenji Matsuno  |  Osaka University
Isao Matsuo  |  Osaka Medical Center for Maternal and Child Health
Toshihiko Ogura  |  Tohoku University
Shizue Ohsawa  |  Kyoto University
Satoshi Sawai  |  The University of Tokyo
Hideru Togashi |  Kobe University
Masakazu Yamazaki |  Akita University

Speakers from Singapore
Chwee Teck Lim  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS
Paul Matsudaira  |  Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, DBS, NUS
Antonia Monteiro  |  Yale NUS College, National University of Singapore
Fumio Motegi  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS
Timothy Saunders  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS
Masahiro Sokabe |  Nagoya University / MBI, NUS
Yusuke Toyama  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS
Min Wu  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS
Ronen Zaidel-Bar  |   Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, NUS

International Speakers
Yanlan Mao  |  University College, London
Ann Miller  |  University of Michigan
Naomi Nakayama |  University of Edinburgh
Maithreyi Narasimha  |  Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Nadine Peyriéras  |  Institut de Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard
Sarah Woolner |  The University of Manchester




If you are applying for a travel fellowship you must download and complete the Travel Fellowship Application Form instead of registering online. See Travel Fellowships, below, for complete information.



Travel Fellowships

The deadline for submission of travel fellowship applications has passed.

We are pleased to provide a limited number of travel fellowships to support travel to Singapore for the conference. Eligibility is limited to graduate students who are working toward their PhDs and postdoctoral fellows only. Deadline for submission: 24 October 2014.

To Apply

Download and complete the Travel Fellowship Application Form (DOC)

Please note your poster title and abstract should be limited to 200 words (excluding names, addresses and email addresses. Please do not include figures.

Submit the application form along with your Curriculum vitae (in WORD [.doc] format) to the conference secretary at mbi-japan-conference@nus.edu.sg.

Your Travel Fellowship application also serves as your registration. There is no need to complete online registration if you submit your application form via email to the conference secretary. Recipients of travel fellowships will be notified via email by the end October.



About the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

mbiLogo_whtInstituted in 2009, the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI), was created through joint funding by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education with the goal of creating a new research centre in mechanobiology to benefit both the discipline and Singapore. MBI’s primary focus is to identify, measure and describe how the forces for motility and morphogenesis are expressed at the molecular, cellular and tissue level. Toward that goal, we are working to create a common international standard for defining these steps by developing powerful new computational models, experimental reagents, and tools for studying diseases of cells and tissues. Our goal is then to transfer these basic discoveries to both the clinic and the classroom. Learn more


About The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research program

Kakenhi-logoThe Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or Gakushin for short, is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. JSPS plays a pivotal role in the administration of a wide spectrum of Japan’s scientific and academic programs. While working within the broad framework of government policies established to promote scientific advancement, JSPS carries out its programs in a manner flexible to the needs of the participating scientists.

Grants-in-Aid are awarded to promote creative and pioneering research across a wide spectrum of scientific fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences. Grants are awarded to projects organized by individual researchers or research groups at Japanese universities or research institutes engaged in basic research, particularly research in critical fields attuned to advanced research trends. Learn more