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Tuesday, October 04 2022 - 17:00
Hayashibara Brings Back "Trehalose Symposium" to Reveal Its Game-changing Versatilities in Human Biochemistry
OKAYAMA, Japan, Oct. 4, 2022 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

Hayashibara Co., Ltd., a member of Nagase Group and headquartered in Okayama 
City, western Japan, hosted the 24th Trehalose Symposium, with the support of 
the Japanese Society of Applied Glycoscience, on September 8, 2022.


This highly specialized academic event returned to Tokyo after a three-year 
hiatus, engaging 231 attendees in person and online from various fields. 
Researchers from home and abroad presented their basic and applied research 
results on trehalose. The presentations included the development of a vaccine 
stabilization method that holds promise for transport without the need for a 
cold chain, basic research on how trehalose affects ice crystal growth to 
identify improved thawing techniques for cryopreserved biological tissues, and 
research on the application of trehalose to surgical treatment, utilizing 
autophagy (recycling function within cells), featured in the 2016 Nobel Prizes. 

During a discussion session, followed by the presentations, Japanese experts 
shared their viewpoints on why and how most organisms utilize trehalose over 
other carbohydrates. At the end of the session, the speakers addressed their 
prospects and expectations for future research and development while indicating 
the importance of basic research.

Hayashibara is dedicated to continuing the Trehalose Symposium, providing a 
community for researchers worldwide to present their findings and obtain 
beneficial information by interacting with peers. Through its commitment to 
basic research for trehalose, Hayashibara envisions the Trehalose Symposium to 
contribute to building a sustainable society.

For details of the symposium, visit:

For the past 187 presentations, visit:

About the Trehalose Symposium
Founded in 1997, the Trehalose Symposium has been promoting research and 
development activities for trehalose while assisting researchers in publicizing 
their discoveries. For the last 20 years, 187 researchers with 
multi-disciplinary scientific backgrounds have presented the properties of 
trehalose and its functionalities.

About Trehalose
Trehalose, found in food items like mushrooms, is a naturally occurring 
disaccharide long known for its biochemical effect on protecting cells and 
tissues under dry conditions. Studies have revealed that trehalose's 
physicochemical properties, such as water binding and vitrification, are behind 
the protective functionality. The development of applied research empowered the 
food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries to utilize trehalose in their 
commercial products.

Source: Hayashibara Co., Ltd.