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The Interstellar Initiative: 2019 - 2020 Workshop 2

The Interstellar Initiative: 2019 - 2020 Workshop 2

Thursday, February 20 - Friday, February 21, 2020 EST

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By


The Interstellar Initiative ― presented jointly by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development and the New York Academy of Sciences ― recognizes the world’s most promising Early Career Investigators and connects them with peers, in related but distinct disciplines, providing a platform for them to develop a solution to a major research question. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and thereby catalyze discovery.

This workshop is a follow-up to the September 2019 workshop, to provide an opportunity for teams to reconnect and further refine their research proposals, with the guidance of mentors.

The 2019-2020 Interstellar Initiative addresses challenges in the area of Healthy Longevity. The focus is on exploring molecular, cellular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms of aging, and the relationship between aging and diseases such as cancers, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, hormonal disorders, and other chronic age-related conditions with the ultimate goal of improving healthspan and preventing pathological aging.

Interstellar Initiative participants will be reimbursed for all eligible travel expenses. For details, visit our Travel and Accommodation page. Please email with any questions.


February 20, 2020

8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks


Ambassador H.E. Kanji Yamanouchi
Consulate General of Japan in New York
Ellis Rubinstein
New York Academy of Sciences
Ikue Mori, PhD
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development; Nagoya University
9:20 AM

Grant Information Session

9:40 AM

Keynote Address


Mahendra S. Rao, MBBS, PhD
Q Therapeutics
10:10 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:40 AM

Breakout Groups

12:45 PM

Networking Luncheon

2:15 PM

Breakout Groups

3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

4:00 PM

Breakout Groups

5:30 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks

5:30 PM

Evening Welcome Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres Networking Reception

7:00 PM

Day 1 Ends


February 21, 2020

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Breakout Groups

10:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:30 AM

Team Presentations

12:50 PM

Networking Luncheon

2:00 PM

Next Steps Team Discussions

2:55 PM

Award Announcements

3:15 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 PM

Top Early Career Investigator Presentations

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM

Day 2 Ends