Best Presentation Award

JSI gives an award to the superior presenters in the workshop and poster session of the JSI Annual Meeting.
Two awardees are selected in an each category by workshop coordinators and chairpersons.
This award is supported by BioLegend, Tomy Digital Biology and Sanofi.

Eligible Presenters

All presenters in workshops and poster sessions in the year. The awardee will be selected from each category and will not exceed more than 60. The past awardees of the JSI Award and JSI Young Investigator Award are not eligible.


Only One(1) presenter in each category will be selected by workshop coordinator and chairpersons.

The Gross of Amount of Prize

Total amount JPY 600,000 (supported by BioLegend, Tomy Digital Biology and Sanofi).


In recognition of this award, awardees will be announced in JSI website and News Letter after the Annual Meeting.

The past Best Presentation Award

2014, 2015, 2016


Category-1: Hematopoiesis and Immune Environment
Local function of the IL-15 niche in thymus
Guangwei Cui (Kyoto University)
An organ-wide transcriptome of collagen-producing cells identifies the core signature of steady-state murine fibroblasts
Shigeyuki Shichino (The University of Tokyo, AMED)

Category-2: B cells
Dynamics of IRF4-dependent gene activation and repression during plasma cell differentiation
Kyoko Ochiai (Tohoku University School of Medicine, AMED-CREST)
LRRK1 controls B-cell responses by regulating CARMA1-dependent NF-κB activation
Keiko Morimoto (Osaka University)

Category-3: T cells
Timing and duration of MHC-I positive selection signals in the thymus reveal a novel compensatory signaling mechanism that prevents lineage fate errors
Motoko Kimura (Chiba University)
Membrane lipid binding by SH2 domains of Lck and Zap70 regulates T cell receptor activation
You-Me Kim (Pohang University of Science and Technology)

Category-4: Helper T cells
Gai-coupled non-canonical Hedgehog signaling in human Naive CD4 T lymphocytes.
Olga Elisseeva (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University)
The microRNA-183/96/182 cluster promotes T helper 17 cell pathogenicity by negatively regulating transcription factor Foxo1 expression
Kenji Ichiyama (Osaka University, Children's National Medical Center)

Category-5: Regulatory T cells
Soluble form of CTLA-4 produced by regulatory T cells facilitates M2 macrophage differentiation in auto-inflammatory condition.
Motonao Osaki (Kyoto University, Osaka University)
Immunological significance of dual secretion of TGF-β3 and IL-10 from regulatory T cells
Toshihiko Komai (The University of Tokyo)

Category-6: Innate lymphocytes
Identification of an alternative developmental pathway of Va14+ NKT cells from double-negative thymocytes
Nyambayar Dashtsoodol (RIKEN-IMS, Mongolian National University)
IFN regulatory factor 2 controls ILC development by promoting PLZF+ILC progenitor generation.
Yohei Okubo (Shinshu University)

Category-7: Dendritic cells and macrophages
Single-cell RNA-seq reveals a novel dendritic cell-primed early progenitor population
Daisuke Kurotaki (Yokohama City University)
MafB is the primary regulator of complement component C1q
Michito Hamada (University of Tsukuba)

Category-10: Mast cells & granulocytes
A critical role of ceramide-CD300f interaction in septic peritonitis
Kumi Izawa (Juntendo University)
Basophil-selective tryptase mMCP-11 plays crucial roles in the development of IgE-mediated chronic allergic inflammation in the skin.
Misako Iki (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)

Category-11: Allergy
The role of Tfh cells and DCs in particulate-induced iBALT formation in the lungs
Etsushi Kuroda (Osaka University, Health and Nutrition)
Clec10a suppresses Der f-induced immune response and dermatitis
Kazumasa Kanemaru (University of Tsukuba)

Category-12: Cytokines and chemokines
Regulation of IL-4 production in Group2 innate lymphoid cells
Yasutaka Motomura (RIKEN-IMS)
HBV-induced exosomal miRNAs down-regulate the expression of IL-21 mRNA by binding to its 3’UTR
Yutaka Enomoto (The University of Tokyo)

Category-13: Immunological memory
Specific niches for lung-resident memory CD8+ T cells at the site of tissue regeneration enable CD69-independent maintenance
Shiki Takamura (Kindai University)
Molecular mechanisms for prevention of IgE-memory formation by membrane IgE
Kei Haniuda (Tokyo University of Science)

Category-14: Virus infection
Visualizing immune responses to influenza virus in mouse lung by using two-photon microscopy
Hiroshi Ueki (The University of Tokyo)
Modulation of the antiviral adaptor IPS-1-mediated innate immune responses by carboxylation
Tomohiko Okazaki (The University of Tokyo)

Category-15: Mycofungal/ parasite infection
Effect of Secreted Immunoglobulin Deficiency in Anti-Leishmania Immunity
Piyarat Srinontong (Gifu University)
Strategy of Zygomycete fungi to evade anti-fungal innate immunity
Masashi Kanayama (Duke University)

Category-16: Bacterial infection
Microbially cleaved immunoglobulins are sensed by the innate immune receptor LILRA2
Kouyuki Hirayasu (Osaka University)
Recognition of mycobacterial lipid by Dendritic cell immunoactivating receptor
Kenji Toyonaga (Kagoshima University)

Category-17: Endogeneous innate immunity and inflammation
Involvement of RNAi accessory factors in MDA5/LGP2-mediated cellular responses by Cardiovirus infection
Akihiko Komuro (Niigata University)
Immune regulation through TRIM-regulated precision autophagy and secretion.
Tomonori Kimura (Osaka University)

Category-18: Mucosal-Skin Immunity
Commensal bacteria-derived metabolite induce colonic IgA producing cells
Junya Isobe (Keio University)
Immunization with GM-CSF-induced RALDH2-expressing dendritic cells induce antigen-specific IgA and Th responses in intestine
Naoki Takemura (Chiba University, The University of Tokyo)

Category-19: Tolerance and Immune suppression
Non-overlapping roles of PD-1 and FoxP3 in maintaining immune tolerance in a novel autoimmune pancreatitis mouse model
Baihao Zhang (Kyoto University, RIKEN-IMS)
Hepatic IL-10 producing CD11b+ macrophage recruited in colitic mice prevent T-cell-dependent hepatitis via gut-liver axis
Nobuhito Taniki (Keio University)

Category-20: Organ-specific autoimmune diseases
The anti-apoptotic effect of matrix metalloproteinase-2 suppresses streptozotocin-induced diabetes by activating the Akt signaling pathway
Kota Nishihama (Mie University)
Regulation of neuroinflammation by a cellular metabolite in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
Daisuke Kamimura (Hokkaido University)

Category-21: Inflammatory arthritis
Dual Effect of 3-Bromopyruvate on Both Th17 and Treg Cell Differentiation and Dendritic Cell Activation Ameliorates Autoimmune Arthritis in Mice
Takaichi Okano (Kobe University)
Histone lysine methylation and STAT3 differentially regulate constitutive nad IL-6-induced MMPs gene activation in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts
Yasuto Araki (Saitama Medical University)

Category-22: Systemic autoimmune diseases
IL-21 enhances the development of autoimmune myositis via the production of GM-CSF from gd T cells
Takahiro Kageyama (Chiba University)
Cell-type-specific transcriptome analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) revealed B cell contribution to systemic lupus erythematosus pathogenesis
Yusuke Takeshima (The University of Tokyo)

Category-23: Tumor immunity
IL-33 promotes obesity-associated liver cancer development
Fumitaka Kamachi (Tokyo University of Science)
A novel pathogenic role of interleukin-34 in cancer chemoresistance
Muhammad Baghdadi (Hokkaido University)

Category-24: Human Immunology (Immunointervention)
Gene Modules Correlated with Disease Activity and Abatacept Treatment Identified with Weighted Gene Co-Expression Network Analysis of CD4+ T Cell Subsets of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shuji Sumitomo (The University of Tokyo)
Development of molecular targeted therapy for human acute GVHD in humanized mice
Genki Okumura (University of Tsukuba)

Category-25: Antigen presentation, Trafficking
HLA-F and MHC open conformer cooperate in antigen presentation during the inflammatory response
Akiko Ishitani (Nara Medical University)
Implications of Spns2-deficiency on S1P-driven lymphocytes egress, HEV-integrity and immunity.
Szandor Simmons (Osaka University)

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Category-1: Hematopoiesis and Immune Environment
Bach2 represses myeloid programs to promote lymphoid progenitor development under both the steady state and infection
Ari Itoh-Nakadai (Tohoku University)
Identification of cMoP and bona fide GMP in human umbilical cord blood
Shunsuke Kawamura (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)

Category-2: B cells
Intrathymic licensing of immigrating peripheral B cells for T cell tolerance induction
Tomoyoshi Yamano (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat)
Antigen-spe cific maturation of anti-nuclear antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus
Shuhei Sakakibara (Osaka University)

Category-3: T cells
A tumor suppressor Menin controls CD8 T cell senescence by regulating energy metabolism
Junpei Suzuki (Ehime University)
Statistical analysis shows non-randomness of V/J gene selection in human TCR
Yotaro Katayama (The University of Tokyo)

Category-4: Helper T cells
Obesity drives Th17 cell differentiation by inducing the lipid metabolic kinase, ACC1
Yusuke Endo (Chiba University)
Human CXCL13-producing CD4 T cells preferentially differentiate under IL-2-limitted environment
Hiroyuki Yoshitomi (Kyoto University)

Category-5: Regulatory T cells
Establishment of regulatory T cell-specific super-enhancers
Yohko Kitagawa (Osaka University)
Foxp3 changes its partners and genomic binding regions in regulatory T cells in response to IL-4 stimulation
Norihito Hayatsu (RIKEN-IMS)

Category-6: Innate lymphocytes
Involvement of Natural Helper cells, a member of group 2 ILCs (ILC2) in the induction of obesity
Takaharu Sasaki (RIKEN-IMS)
Identification of progenitor cells specific to ILC1s and ILC3s in adult intestine
Takashi Ebihara (Washington University)

Category-7: Dendritic cells and macrophages
Transcription factor IRF8 governs the enhancer landscape dynamics in mononuclear phagocyte development
Daisuke Kurotaki (Yokohama City University)
Unique role of Cbfb2 variant in Langerhans cell development
Mari Tenno (RIKEN-IMS)

Category-8: Antigen presentation
p62/Sqstm1 plays a specific role for CD8+ T cell activation in antigen presenting cells following IFN-γ-induced disruption of the Toxoplasma gondii parasitophorous vacuoles
Youngae Lee (Osaka University)
Discovery of lipopeptide Ag-presenting molecules: its molecular identity and X-ray crystallographic structure
Daisuke Morita (Kyoto University)

Category-9: Trafficking
Spinster-homologue-2 (Spns2) controls S1P-driven lymphocyte egress from lymphoid organs
Szandor Simmons (Osaka University)

Category-10: Mast cells & granulocytes
The hIstidine transporter SLC15A4 regulates allergic responses by tuning the endo/lysosomal condition of mast cells
Toshihiko Kobayashi (National Center for Global Health & Medicine)
The novel role of LMIR7/CLM-3 in mast cell- and IgE-dependent anaphylaxis
Masamichi Isobe (Juntendo University)

Category-11: Allergy
Murine allergic rhinitis and nasal Th2 activation are mediated via TSLP- and IL-33-signaling pathways
Shoko Akasaki (Hyogo College of Medicine)
CXCL4 is a novel nickel binding protein and augments nickel allergy at elicitation phase
Toshinobu Kuroishi (Tohoku University)

Category-12: Cytokines and chemokines
Inflammation amplifier regulatory molecule NSZ1 controls NFκB specific chromatin accessibility via alternative splicing of a DNA methyltransferase
Toru Atsumi (Hokkaido University)
Involvement of a novel alpha9 integrin ligand, XCL1/Lymphotactin in autoimmune diseases
Naoki Matsumoto (Hokkaido University)

Category-13: Immunological memory
Distinct germinal center selection at local sites shapes memory B cell response to viral escape
Yu Adachi (National Institute of Infectious Diseases)
A role of IL-9 receptor on B cells in the T-dependent immune responses
Shogo Takatsuka (Tokyo University of Science)

Category-14: Virus infection
The role of mTOR in TLR3 responses to Herpes Simplex Virus infection
Ryota Sato (The University of Tokyo)
CD150 costimulation enhances SHIV-specific TFH cell responses in non-human primate models
Takuya Yamamoto (National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition)

Category-15: Mycofungal/ parasite infection
Batf2 regulates Th17 responses by suppression of IL-23 production during Trypanosoma cruzi infection
Shoko Kitada (Osaka University)
Malaria-induced bone disorder triggered by chronic inflammation in the bone
Michelle Sue Jann Lee (Osaka University)

Category-16: Bacterial infection
Analysis of a novel subset of IFN-γ-producing DN2a γδ T cells in the periphery of mice
Shinya Hatano (Kyushu University)
CD300a on mast cells and dendritic cells control the pathogenesis of experimental sepsis
Gamage Sanath Udayanga Kankanam (University of Tsukuba)

Category-17: Endogeneous innate immunity and inflammation
MD-1 negatively regulates B cell-related inflammation
Natsuko Tanimura (The University of Tokyo)
A Novel Function of Human Pumilio Proteins in Cytoplasmic Sensing of Viral Infection
Ryo Narita (Kyoto University)

Category-18: Mucosal-Skin Immunity
The role of the gut microbiota in the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
Eiji Miyauchi (RIKEN-IMS)
Lypd8 maintains gut homeostasis through separation of flagellated bacteria and colonic epithelia
Ryu Okumura (Osaka University)

Category-19: Tolerance and Immune suppression
Establishment of thymus transplant model to analyze peripheral T cell tolerance against pemphigus autoantigen, desmoglein 3
Hisato Iriki (Keio University)
The strength of inhibition by LAG-3 depends on properties of APCs
Takumi Maruhashi (Tokushima University)

Category-20: Organ-specific autoimmune diseases
RANKL on T cells is essential for inflammation in the CNS during EAE
Matteo Maurizio Guerrini (The University of Tokyo)
Activated increased number of T follicular helper subset 2 correlates with increased levels of IgG4, IL-4 and plasmablasts in IgG4-related disease
Mitsuhiro Akiyama (Keio University )

Category-21: Inflammatory arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis patients-derived gut microbiota induce Th17-mediated arthritis in SKG mice
Yuichi Maeda (Osaka University)
TIARP regulates CXCL2/CXCR2 mediated neutrophil migration via the inhibition of IL-6
Asuka Inoue (University of Tsukuba)

Category-22: Systemic autoimmune diseases
Regulatory roles of TGF-β3 in lupus pathogenesis
Toshihiko Komai (The University of Tokyo)
Myeloperoxidase/HLA class II complexes are targets for autoantibodies in ANCA-associated vasculitis
Ryosuke Hiwa (Kyoto University)

Category-23: Tumor immunity
Metformin administration stimulates glycolysis of effector memory CD8TIL in tumor microenvironment Shingo Eikawa (Okayama University)
Tumor cell death accelerated migration of tumor infiltrating dendritic cells into draining lymph nodes
Taiki Moriya (Osaka Ohtani University)

Category-24: Human Immunology (Immunointervention)
The ulcerative colitis-associated gene RNF186 regulates gut homeostasis
Kosuke Fujimoto (Osaka University)
Development of a human hemato-lymphoid system in human cytokine knock-in Rag2-/-Il2rg-/- mice engrafted with peripheral blood mobilized CD34+ cells
Yasuyuki Saito (Kobe University / University Hospital Zurich)

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Category-1: Hematopoiesisand Immune Environment
2-H-W32-5-0/P : YANAGIHARA Toyoshi (Kyushu University)
Identification of a novel molecule essential for Aire expression and self-tolerance

Category-2: B cells
2-G-W29-8-O/P : YAMAZAKI Nao (National Center for Global health and Medicine)
IgM+ plasma cells contribute to the sufficient production of IgG by secreting IL-10 and IL-13

Category-3: T cells
2-D-W23-6-O/P : KAMIMURA Daisuke (Hokkaido University)
Characterization of T-Red mutant mouse line having reduced naive T cells

Category-4: Helper T cells
3-E-W44-5-O/P : SANO Teruyuki (New York University)
Cytokine requirement for Th17 cell differentiation in response to Segmented filamentous bacteria colonization

Category-5: Regulatory T cells
3-D-W42-16-O/P : MURAKAMI Ryuichi (RIKEN)
Foxp3 and BATF cooperatively controls regulatory T cell homeostasis in non-lymphoid tissues

Category-6: Innate lymphocytes
1-B-W2-8-O/P : MIYAJIMA Michio (RIKEN)
Type III innate lymphoid cells enhance antibody production by splenic marginal zone B cells

Category-7: Dendritic cells and macrophages
2-C-W22-1-O/P : NIIZUMA Kouta (University of Tsukuba)
Identification and characterization of human CD300H, the eighth member of the CD300-family receptors

Category-8: Antigen presentation
2-E-W26-9-O/P : KISHIDA Kazuki (Osaka University)
Processing of cellular misfolded protein complexed with MHC class II molecules

Category-9: Trafficking
1-F-W9-13-O/P : HARADA Yosuke (Kyushu University)
The role of DOCK8 in migration and activation of effector CD4+ T cells during immune responses

Category-10: Mast cells & Granulocytes
2-J-W36-7-O/P : ANDO Tomoaki (RIKEN)
Mast cells and the Stat5 activation pathway are required for allergen-induced and spontaneous skin inflammation

Category-11: Allergy
1-J-W18-3-O/P : TSAI Shin han (Osaka University)
E-NPP3 (CD203c) negatively regulates ATP-dependent allergic responses by basophils and mast cells

Category-12: Cytokines and chemokines
3-G-W47-17-O/P : OGURA Hideki (Hokkaido University)
ZFZ (zinc finger motif containing protein Z) promotes the inflammation amplifier by regulating NF-κB DNA binding activity

Category-13: Immunological memory
1-G-W11-1-O/P : KONDO Taisuke (Keio University)
Generation of mouse CD4+ stem cell memory T cells by Wnt signaling and by Notch signaling

Category-14: Virus infection
2-I-W34-2-O/P : SUGIMOTO Naoshi (Kyoto University)
Helicase proteins DHX29 and RIG-I cosense cytosolic nucleic acids in the human airway system

Category-15: Mycofungal / parasite infection
3-I-W52-4-O/P : UENO Keigo (National Institute of Infectious Diseases)
Efficacy of dendritic cell-mediated immunization for the pulmonary infection with highly virulent fungus Cryptococcus gattii

Category-16: Bacterial infection
3-I-W51-9-O/P : TSUCHIYA Kohsuke (Kyoto University)
NLRP3 and ASC contribute to host defense against pneumococcal pneumonia in an inflammasome-independent manner

Category-17: Endogeneous innate immunity and inflammation
2-E-W25-6-O/P : IMAMURA Tomoko (Kyoto University)
N4bp1-mediated nascent RNA decay controls cytokine mRNA expression

Category-18: Mucosal-Skin Immunity
3-H-W49-5-O/P : GOTO Yoshiyuki (Columbia University)
Segmented filamentous bacteria antigens presented by intestinal dendritic cells drive mucosal Th17 cell differentiation

Category-19: Tolerance and Immune suppression
1-H-W13-3-O/P : LIN Youwei (NCNP)
Inverse vaccination for autoimmune diseases by sensitization of superior dominant peptide through efficient induction of functionally stable regulatory T cells possessing high antigen-specificity

Category-20: Organ-specific autoimmune diseases
1-F-W10-2-O/P : ASASHIMA Hiromitsu (University of Tsukuba)
The suppressive ability of altered peptide ligands to M3R reactive T cells in M3R induced autoimmune sialadenitis

Category-21: Rheumatoid arthritis
2-F-W28-1-O/P : KONDO Yuya (University of Tsukuba)
RORγt+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells regulates the development of autoimmune arthritis in mice

Category-22: Systemic autoimmune diseases
3-F-W45-7-O/P : MORITA Kaoru (The University of Tokyo)
The role of Egr2 and Egr3 in regulating immune homeostasis

Category-23: Tumor immunity
2-B-W19-8-O/P : MAEDA Takuya (Kyoto University)
Regeneration of EB virus LMP2 specific CTLs utilizing iPS technology

Category-24: Human Immunology (immunointervention)
3-C-W40-7-O/P : NAKACHI Shinichiro (The University of Tokyo)
A quantitative alteration of human CD4+CD25-LAG3+Tregs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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