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Invited Speakers

Kazunori Kataoka

Kazunori Kataoka


Director General, Innovation Center of NanoMedicine, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion

Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo


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    Dr. Kazunori Kataoka received his Ph.D. (1979) in Polymer Chemistry from The University of Tokyo. He started his academic career at Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Women’s Medical College as Assistant Professor (1979) and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. He moved to Department of Materials Engineering, Tokyo University of Science in 1989 as Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. He then moved to Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo in 1998 as full Professor. He was appointed joint-position of full Professor at Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, The University of Toyo Medical School in 2004. In 2016, he took mandatory retirement from Graduate School of Engineering/Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, and moved to the current position. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill since 2015, and as Director, Biomedical Insitute for Convergence at SKKU (BICS) at Sungyunkwan University, Korea since 2016. He has received several scientific awards, including the Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials, USA (2005), the Founder’s Award from the Controlled Release Society (2008), Humboldt Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2012), Leo Esaki Prize (2012) and Gutenberg Research Award from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany (2015). He has been elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI) since 2017. Dr. Kataoka has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers (H-index 130). He has been on the board of 15 international journals, including Editor of Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition and Associate Editor of ACS Nano. His current major research interests include supramolecular materials for nanobiotechnology, focusing on drug and gene delivery systems.


Representative Publications

[1]     N. Yoshinaga, K. Kataoka, et al, Polyplex micelles with phenylboronate/gluconamide crosslinking in the core exerting promoted gene transfection through spatiotemporal responsivity to intracellular pH and ATP concentrationJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 139(51) 18567-18575 (2017) (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08816)

[2]     Y. Anraku, K. Kataoka, et al, Glycaemic control boosts glucosylated nanocarrier crossing the BBB into the brainNature Commun. 8 1001 (2017) (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00952-3)

[3]     K. Katsushima, K. Kataoka, et al, Targeting the notch-regulated non-coding RNA TUG1 for glioma treatmentNature Commun. 7 13616 (2016) (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13616)

[4]     P. Mi, K. Kataoka, et al, A pH-activatable nanoparticle with signal-amplification capabilities for non-invasive imaging of tumour malignancyNature Nanotechnol. 11(8) 724-730 (2016) (DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.72)

[5]     H. Kinoh, K. Kataoka, et al, Nanomedicines eradicating cancer stem-like cells in vivo by pH-triggered intracellular cooperative action of loaded drugsACS Nano 10(6) 5643-5655 (2016) (DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b00900)

[6]     Y. Matsumoto, K. Kataoka, et al, Vascular bursts enhance permeability of tumour blood vessels and improve nanoparticle deliveryNature Nanotechnol. 11(6) 533-538 (2016) (DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2015.342)

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