Thematic Programs

New Horizons in Food Science via Agricultural Immunology


Program Theme  [May 01, 2017 Updated]

Agricultural immunology is a new research field that fuses animal, marine and plant immunology, all of which had been considered separate topics. However, recent progress in immunological research has demonstrated that the innate immune system against pathogens that cause infection in agriculture has common features from the plants to animals. International Education and Research Center for Food and Agricultural Immunology (CFAI), which was established in Tohoku University Graduate School of Agricultural Science in April 2015, is pioneering agricultural immunology research in the world. With the Tohoku Forum for Creativity 2017, CFAI seeks to develop the theoretical foundations of agricultural immunology by including participants whose specialties include all fields of immunology. This includes not only animal, marine and plant science but also medical, dental and pharmaceutical science.


International symposia and youth programs

Stage 1: Frontiers in agricultural immunology  [Nov. 21, 2017 Updated]
(July 21, 2017 – July 24, 2017)

Stage 2: Food safety and functional evaluation  [Nov. 22, 2017 Updated]
(August 7, 2017 – August 10, 2017)

Stage 3: Social implementation of new food technology  [Sep. 06, 2017 Updated]
(September 20, 2017 – September 23, 2017)


Hisashi Aso
(Professor, International Research and Education Center for Food and Agricultural Immunology (CFAI), Tohoku University)

Masaaki Toyomizu
(Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University)

Haruki Kitazawa
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University)

Tomonori Nochi
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University)

Shoichiro Kurata
(Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Tohoku University, Tohoku University)


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Program Sponsors

・Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University
・Scientific Research on Innovative Area from MEXT of Japan “Neo-Virology: the raison d'etre of viruses”
・JSPS Core-to-Core Program “Establishment of international agricultural immunology research-core for a quantum improvement in food safety”
・Forum co-hosted by 5 universities
・Tohoku University “Development project for high-quality liberal arts and sciences education”