Dialogues with UTokyo’s Partner Institutions: The Sixth Cambridge – UTokyo Joint Symposium Series Session One: COVID-19 Related Research and Challenge - Tokyo College

Dialogues with UTokyo’s Partner Institutions: The Sixth Cambridge – UTokyo Joint Symposium Series Session One: COVID-19 Related Research and Challenge

2021.11.24 @ 17:00 – 19:00
Dialogues with UTokyo’s Partner Institutions: The Sixth Cambridge - UTokyo Joint Symposium Series Session One: COVID-19 Related Research and Challenge
Zoom Webinar
Date(s) Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 5:00‐7:00 pm (JST)/ 8:00-10:00 am (GMT)

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Language English (with simultaneous Japanese translation)

UTokyo-Cambridge Voices, started in 2020, is a series of conversations held between researchers of the University of Tokyo and the University of Cambridge regarding a specific aspect of their research. This dialogue series is hosted by the two institutions under the framework of the “Strategic Partnership” and explores research from a range of academic disciplines. This year, three university-wide online symposia will be open to the public. The theme of session one is “COVID-19 Related Research and Challenge”.


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Chair Mamoru Mitsuishi

Opening Remarks Nobuhito Saito & Anne Ferguson-Smith

Moderator Kohei Miyazono


Presentations (5:05pm (JST)/ 8:05am (GMT) )

  • Yoshihiro Kawaoka “SARS-CoV-2: What we have learned so far”
  • Namshik Han “Data-driven computational analysis and simulation identified drug repurposing opportunities for COVID-19”
  • Tamsin Ford  “The impact of COVID-19 and resulting restrictions on the mental health of children and young people”



Presentations(6:05pm (JST)/ 9:05am (GMT) )

  • Shintaro Yanagimoto “Students’ health management on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Stephen Baker  “Healthcare worker screening at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Masako Nishikawa “Blood Clotting in COVID-19”

Wrap up comments  (Kohei Miyazono)

Speaker Profile


Mamoru Mitsuishi(Executive Vice President for Research, The University of Tokyo)

Opening Remarks: 

Nobuhito Saito(Executive Vice President for Research, The University of Tokyo)& Anne Ferguson-Smith(Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge)


Kohei Miyazono(Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo)


Stephen Baker (Department of Medicine, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease, University of Cambridge)

Tamsin Ford (Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge)

Namshik Han(Milner Therapeutics Institute, University of Cambridge)

Yoshihiro Kawaoka(Professor Emeritus, Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo/Director, Research Center for Global Viral Diseases, National Center for Global Health and Medicine)

Shintaro Yanagimoto(Professor, Division for Health Service Promotion, The University of Tokyo)

Masako Nishikawa(Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory, The University of Tokyo Hospital)


Organized by Strategic Partnership Project between the University of Cambridge and the University of Tokyo
Contact tokyo.college.event@tc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Upcoming Events

“The Future of Europe and the EU-Japan Partnership: The War in Ukraine and its Impact on Europe and Beyond” Lecture by H.E. Herman Van Rompuy

イベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture

Tuesday, 12 July 2022, 1:00-2:45 pm (Doors open: 12:30 pm)

The war in Ukraine has shaken our confidence in peace and prosperity within Europe and beyond. What is needed to overcome such a crisis in international relations? H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council, leads the discussion by sharing his insights on the future of Europe and Japan which will be followed by Q&A sessions with students and others.

Tokyo College Lecture “How the Russo-Ukrainian War is Changing European International Order: The Perspective from Japan”

イベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture

Friday, 29 July 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm (Doors open: 2:30 pm)

The Russo-Ukrainian War is changing the structure of international order and security in Western Europe. Did it mend the EU's diplomatic and security divisions in Western Europe, or did it reaffirm them?
How is Japan's response to the war in Russia and Ukraine perceived in the West, and how will it affect Japan's future relations with Western nations?

Previous Events

“Rereading Proust in 2022” Lecture by Prof. Antoine Compagnon


Thursday, 23 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30 pm)

In 2022, we are commemorating the centennial of Marcel Proust's death with an extraordinary salvo of publications, exhibitions, and acclamations. “Proust is the man of the year,” advertised the Italian magazine La Repubblica on New Year’s Day. It gives us an occasion to evaluate the magnitude of his novel, Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, and also to compare this anniversary with the previous one, 1971, a century after Proust’s birth. His star hasn’t stopped rising.

“Rethinking Methodology in Global Diplomacy” Lecture by Prof. SHIMAZU Naoko


Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm (Doors open: 3:30pm)

Why do we need to rethink about the way we study and make sense of global diplomacy? In this lecture, I explore how cultural approaches can illuminate important aspects of diplomacy which have not been adequately considered in much of the existing scholarly literature.

“Globalisation, Empires, and the Making of the Modern World” Lecture by Prof. A. G. Hopkins


Friday, 13 May 2022, 15:00-16:30 (Doors open: 14:40)

This talk describes three phases of globalisation that have occupied the last five centuries and their role in making the world we know today. The first two phases were associated with the rise of Western empires, which integrated large parts of the world through a process of compulsory globalisation. The third phase, which began after 1945, brought empires to an end and produced the current world order - and disorder.

“Trade war, global pandemic, Ukraine: What we know, and don’t know, about the new political and economic order” Lecture by Mr. Bill Emmott


10 May 2022, 3:00-4:30 pm (Doors open: 2:40 pm)

Recent years have featured the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, each of which we can consider “radically uncertain” events that were not in any real sense predictable. This lecture seeks to identify how these events fit into conventional frameworks for explaining the world, how these events might have changed that framework, what elements of the framework remain unknown, and how we should respond to this age of uncertainty.

“Self-organization for Materials Synthesis” Lecture by Prof. FUJITA Makoto


Tuesday, 5 April 2022 (17:00-18:00 JST)

A wide variety of new structures are created using the phenomenon of “self-assembly,” in which molecules spontaneously assemble and order themselves. This presentation introduces the tiny world of manufacturing, where new structures are magically created simply by mixing metal ions and organic molecules.