Japanese Prime Minister visits Champalimaud Foundation
On Friday, May 2nd, the Champalimaud Foundation welcomed the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.
In a historic visit to Portugal, the Japanese delegation began its official visit in the Champalimaud Foundation with a meeting with Foundation President, Leonor Beleza, Director, João Silveira Botelho and Zvi Fuks, Director of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown. Shinzo Abe had the opportunity to tour the facilities and view the work being developed by the Champalimaud Foundation in the fields of research and clinical activity. He also spoke with some of the Japanese members of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme.
Also present was Susumu Tonegawa, member of the Champalimaud Foundation’s Scientific Committee and member of the jury of the António Champalimaud Vision Award. In his capacity as Director of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, he took part in a discussion on the creation of a collaboration between the Riken – Japan’s largest research institution – and the Champalimaud Foundation. This visit marked an opportunity to develop closer scientific links between Japan and Portugal, continuing a historical collaboration between these two countries in a variety of areas.
The day also saw lectures from the Nobel Laureates, Susumu Tonegawa, Ada Yonath and Aaron Ciechanover in a session organised by the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme’s Inbal Israely.