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Interstellar Initiative: February 2021



Interstellar Initiative: February 2021

Sunday, February 7, 2021, 7:00 AM - Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 11:00 AM EST


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 2020 workshop, to provide an opportunity for teams to reconnect and further refine their research proposals, with the guidance of mentors.

The 2020-2021 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.

February 2021 Awards

The award session for the February workshop will be held at 7PM EST Friday, February 26, 2021.


Delphine Boche, PhD

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Robert Butera, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

João Pedro de Magalhães, PhD

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Silvia Ferrari, PhD

Cornell University, United States

Lawrence Hunter, PhD

University of Colorado, United States

Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco, United States

Frank Kirchhoff, PhD

University of Saarland, Germany

Guido Kroemer, MD, PhD, PU-PH

University of Paris Descartes, France

Sofiya Milman, MD, MS

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States

Ikue Mori, PhD

Nagoya University; Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Japan

Hozumi Motohashi, MD, PhD

Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University, Japan

Jekaterina Novikova, PhD

Winterlight Labs, Canada

Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, MS

Harvard Medical School, United States

Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD

Q Therapeutics, United States

Thomas N. Sato, PhD

The Thomas N. Sato BioMEC-X Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Japan

Toshio Suda, MD, PhD

National University of Singapore, Singapore

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February 07, 2021

7:00 AM

Opening Remarks

7:05 AM

Keynote Address


7:35 AM

Networking Session

8:20 AM


8:30 AM

Team Meetings

10:00 AM



February 08, 2021

7:00 AM

NAM Grant Information Session

7:20 AM

Team Meetings

8:35 AM


8:45 AM

Team Meetings

10:00 AM



February 09, 2021

7:00 AM

Team Presentations

9:45 AM

Closing Remarks

10:00 AM