13Feb. 2016

Prof. Nakamoto attended the 7th International Conference on the Hsp90 Chaperone Machine. 

Prof. Hitoshi Nakamoto
Mr. Yosuke Amaya


Mr. Yosuke Amaya, a second-year-student in master course, and I visited Germany for 10 days from 14th Oct., 2014. Our purpose was to attend the 7th International Conference on The Hsp90 Chaperone Machine. The conference was held at a beautiful medieval-looking building called Kloster Seeon, which used to be a monastery. The place was surrounded on all sides by lake water and located at Southern Germany. Mr. Amaya had poster presentation, and I gave an oral presentation. The meeting started at 8:30 am and lasted until 6:30 pm, and each oral presentation was about 30 min. Then, we proceeded our conference again from 8:00 pm, and this time, most of the attendants carried beer, wine, and refreshments, and heard poster presentations and discussed about posters until midnight. It was an exciting conference. My oral presentation was introduced in the conference report (Nat Struct Mol Biol. 21:1017-21, 2014).

After the conference, Mr. Amaya and I visited Prof. Paul Rösch, the chairman of Department of Biopolymers at the University of Bayreuth, and Prof. Wolfgang Schuman. The University of Bayreuth has one of the foremost nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines in Germany and Europe, and it is known by its research using those tools that is lead by Prof. Rösch. We are interested in structure analysis done by NMR method, and this meeting with Prof. Rösch was another important purpose of this trip. We had chance to analyze Hsp90, previously purified by Mr. Amaya, using the NMR machines. Also, we had productive discussions with Prof. Schumann. He is the supervisor of Mr. Andreas Horn who joined our lab in last May and stayed for 9 months at Saitama University to conduct his thesis research for a Master degree under my supervision. I have been in contact with prof. Schuman almost 20 years, and he visited Saitama University twice.

It seemed cost of living at Bayreuth is not as expensive as a big city such as Munich, and the university has an excellent “mensa (cafeteria)” and has excellent education/research environment. I really hope that student exchange between Saitama University and the University of Bayreuth becomes much popular for both universities.

  • Beautiful scenery of Kloster Seeon, the conference site. Left building used to be the church of monastery.
  • Mr. Amaya and a student from Prof. Rösch Lab conducted an experiment.
  • A campus of the University of Bayreuth.