Singularity Biology: small elements change the function of the whole systems

(Registration is required for FREE luncheon box)

ICSB2019 Satellite Workshop
Organizer: Shuichi Onami (RIKEN BDR)


The workshop provides “FREE” lunchbox for attendees sponsored by THORLABS Japan.

Registration fee for the workshop is free.

Please download the Registration form, fill in your name, affliation, and e-mail address. (if you have special culinary request for lunchbox, please let us know). Then please put the following heading on the Subject/Title of the e-mail together with the registration form: “ICSB 2019 Singularity Biology Workshop Registration”.

Notice: Registration to the ICSB2019 main conference is also required.

Important Dates

  • Workshop Registration Deadline: Oct 14, 2019 at 12:00 (JST) extended.
  • Workshop: Oct 31, 2019, 9:00-14:00


In the field of biology, discontinuous critical phenomena (singularities) are broadly seen, e.g. the evolution and outbreak of diseases. It has been suggested that only a small number of core elements are required to bring about discontinuous changes to an entire multi-component system. In this workshop, we aimed at exploring possible biological targets and technological developments toward uncovering the mechanisms of generating singularity cells, i.e. small number of cells that drive singularity phenomena, as well as their biological functions.


Date: October 31, 9:00 – 14:00
Room: Room 5

9:00 – 9:18
Overview of Singularity Biologiy
Takaharu Nagai (Osaka University)
Onset dynamics of the intercellular communication in 100,000 cell population
Kazuki Horikawa (Tokushima University)
9:36 – 9:54
Approach to Alzheimer’s disease by Singularity Biology
Hiroko Bannai (Waseda University)
9:54 – 10:12
Whole-brain imaging system FAST toward the identification of psychiatric disorder-related singularity cells
Hitoshi Hashimoto (Osaka University)
10:12 – 10:25
Contributed talk 1
10:40 – 10:58
The battle of two singularities: Cancer vs Immune system
Tomoya Katakai (Niigata University)
10:58 – 11:16
A challenging deep-imaging technology for Singularity Biology
Tomonobu Watanabe (RIKEN BDR)
11:16 – 11:34
Development of luminescent indicators for Singularity Biology
Takeharu Nagai (Osaka University)
11:34 – 11:47
Contributed talk 2
11:47 – 12:05
Automation of live imaging, single cell picking, and sequencing system
Katsuyuki Shiroguchi (RIKEN BDR)
12:10 – 13:00
Luncheon seminar by THORLABS Japan
13:05 – 13:23
Development of Bioimage Informatics technologies for Singularity Biology
Shuichi Onami (RIKEN BDR)
13:23 – 13:36
Contributed talk 3
13:36 – 13:54
Causal inference in Leader-follower relationship
Tamiki Komatsuzaki (Hokkaido University)
13:54 – 14:00
Concluding remark

Call for Presentation

Applications for presentations are welcome. Presentations will be selected after careful review and we will contact you by e-mail.

Please download the Abstract submission form, fill in contact person’s name, e-mail address, title of your talk, name and affilications of authers, and abstract (~300 words or 1 page of A4). Then please put the following heading on the Subject/Title of the e-mail together with the abstract form: “ICSB 2019 Singularity Biology Workshop Abstract submission”.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sep 10, 2019 at 12:00 (JST)

Registration Fee



Lunch box will be provided by THORLABS Japan.

Contact Information

  • Shuichi Onami (RIKEN BDR)
  • Email: onami-sec@riken.jp