Morning Session 10:00~12:000

Introduction Takane Katayama (Kyoto University)
 
Keynote Lecture 1 Molecular details of bifidobacteria-host interactions
  Douwe van Sinderen (University College Cork, Ireland)
Presentation 1 Application of molecular genetic tools towards the identification of genes
 involved in the intestinal survival of bifidobacteria

  Satoru Fukiya (Hokkaido University)
Presentation 2 Two-component regulatory systems of bifidobacteria which support association onto gut
 Tohru Suzuki (Gifu University)

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 13:10~17:30

Keynote Lecture 2
Bifidobacterial ecology across mammals: an example of microbe-host -evolution
 Marco Ventura (The University of Parma, Italy)
Presentation 3 Adaptive evolution strategies of bifidobacteria in the gut of breast -fed infants
 Mikiyasu Sakanaka (Technical University of Denmark)
Presentation 4 Degradative enzymes of adult-type bifidobacteria for the assimilation of plant glycoproteins
 Kiyotaka Fujita (Kagoshima University)

Coffee Break & Poster Presentation

Presentation 5 Comparative genomics and characterization of restriction- modification systems from bifidobacteria
 Francesca Bottacini (University College Cork)
Presentation 6 Anaerobes and oxygen: Adaptive responses of bifidobacteria to oxygen
 Shinji Kawasaki (Tokyo University of Agriculture)
Presentation 7 A symbiotic gut bacterial metabolite promotes Bifidobacterium colonization
 Keita Nishiyama (Keio University)
Closing Address Ro Osawa (Kobe University)

Post-Conference Mixer 18:00~20:00