Special Symposium to Celebrate over 50,000 citations of

Saitou & Nei (1987)'s Neighbor-Joining Method paper

to Japanese version
Date: Saturday, June 2nd, AS 0018 (2018 AD)
Place: Auditorium, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan

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Saitou Naruya and Nei Masatoshi (1987)
The neighbor-joining method: a new method for reconstructing phylogenetic trees.
Molecular Biology and Evolution, volume 4, issue 4, pages 406-425.

Google Scholar Citation number of this paper exceeded 50,000 on February 6th, AS 0018 (2018 AD).
Google Scholar Citation is 50,624 as of April 15th, AS 0018 (2018 AD).

Anyone is welcome to attend this special symposium.
All talks will be given in English.
Lunches will be provided only for speakers.
Dinner Party is free and open to anyone.
Please contact symposium secretary Mizuguchi Masako (mmizuguc@nig.ac.jp) 
if you are interested to attend this symposium.


9:55-10:00 Opening Remarks 10:00 - 11: 40 Session A: Human to mammalian evolution Chair: Dr. Sumiyama Kenta Talk 1: Genetic relationship between ancient and modern Japanese Dr. Kanzawa-Kiriyama Hideaki Researcher, National Museum of Science and Nature, Tsukuba Talk 2: Trees and networks of human populations after Out-of-Africa Dr. Timothy A. Jinam Assistant Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima Talk 3: Haplotype diversity of human populations inferred from genome-wide data Dr. Kawai Yosuke Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Talk 4: Helicobacter pylori suggests early human migration in Asia Dr. Suzuki Rumiko Assistant Professor, Fuculty of Medicine, Oita University Talk 5: Phylogenetic classification and transcriptome analysis of endogenous retrovirus in mammalian genomes Dr. Takahashi Ueda Mahoko Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Medicine, Tokai University, Isehara 11:40-12:40 Lunch 12:40-14:20 Session B: Vertebrates to virus evolution 1 Chair: Dr. Tamura Koichiro Talk 6: Phylogeography and phenotypic plasticity in the Hokkaido salamander, Hynobius retardatus Dr. Matsunami Masatoshi Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa Talk 7: Evolution of immunoglobulin genes in vertebrates Dr. Ota Tatsuya Associate Professor, School of Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI, Hayama Talk 8: Phylogenetic trees of Eptatretus species constructed by the neighbor-joining method Dr. Kitano Takashi Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Ibaraki University, Hitachi Talk 9: Inference of vertebrate ancestral state before whole genome duplication event Dr. Sumiyama Kenta Unit Leader, RIKEN QBIC, Osaka Talk 10: Phylogenetic trees explain mysteries of complete genomes Dr. Kirill Kryukov Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Medicine, Tokai University, Isehara 14:20-14:40 Tea Break 14:40-16:00 Session C: Vertebrates to virus evolution 2 Chair: Dr. Takezaki Naoko Talk 11: Molecular evolutionary virology Dr. Suzuki Yoshiyuki Professor, Nagoya City University, Nagoya Talk 12: Approach for model construction of disease molecular mechanism from NGS sequence data Dr. Ikeo Kazuho Associate Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima Talk 13: Divergence and convergence in the evolution of Drosophila neo-sex chromosomes Dr. Nozawa Masafumi Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Talk 14: "Hitchhiking" and adaptive protein evolution: Why do fast-evolving proteins show reduced codon usage bias in Drosophila Dr. Akashi Hiroshi Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima 16:00-16:20 Tea Break 16:20 -18:20 Session D: Methods for phylogeny construction Chair: Dr. Suzuki Yoshiyuki Talk 15: The evolutionary metrics for phylogeny Dr. OOta Satoshi Senior research scientist, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Wako Talk 16: Phylogeny construction from allele frequency data Dr. Takezaki Naoko Professor, Kagawa University, Kagawa Talk 17: Phylogenetic trees and the sequential kernel association test (SKAT) Dr. Misawa Kazuharu Assistant Professor, Tohoku Medical Megabank, Tohoku University, Sendai Talk 18: Prospects of the neighbor-joining method with MEGA Dr. Tamura Koichiro Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Talk 19: Neighbor-joining and other distance methods in the history of systematic biology Dr. Minaka Nobuhiro Former Chief Researcher, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, Tsukuba Talk 20: Importance of initial processings of sequence data for phylogeny reconstruction Dr. Saitou Naruya Professor, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima 18:40 - 20:00 Dinner Party (at NIG Auditorium; Buffet & standing style) This symposium is supported by a special fund given by Mr. Sato Atsushi. We are grateful to him. Saitou Naruya planned this symposium and Saitou Laboratory is managing this symposium. As of April 2, AS 0018 (2018 AD)