RCAI Director’s message to all researchers affected by the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake

March 31, 2011 PRESS RELEASE

We express our deepest sorrow to those who lost their lives in this catastrophic earthquake, their surviving family members and friends. Our thoughts go out to all of the people now suffering. Hoping to be of assistance in rebuilding the educational and research environment in the devastated North-Eastern region, RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) is launching a support system for the immunology researchers.

In collaboration with the Japanese Society for Immunology (JSI), we have been requesting information about the damage and needs of the affected laboratories. Based on these responses, we are instituting targeted strategies to meet these needs, from providing research supplies, biological samples, and mice, to support for graduate students and researchers to attend immunology meetings. Many immunology institutions from abroad have also offered to cooperate in these efforts. We will work closely with the Max Planck Institute (Germany), the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (U.S.).

Please feel free to contact Dr. Kensuke Miyake (JSI), Dr. Toshiyuki Takai (Tohoku University) or Dr. Tomohiro Kurosaki (RIKEN RCAI). We sincerely hope to help in the recovery.

Masaru Taniguchi Director, RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology