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17th Keio Medical Science Prize Award Ceremony

Update:Dec. 11, 2012

The 17th Keio Medical Science Prize award ceremony was held on November 29, at the Kitasato Hall, Shinanomachi Campus.

The Keio Medical Science Prize is awarded to researchers who have made outstanding and creative achievements in the fields of medical and life sciences, and from whom significant activity can be expected in future, regardless of their nationality. This award has been awarded by the Keio University Medical Science Fund since 1996, and it is the only prize of its kind awarded by a Japanese university that 6 laureates of which have later won the Nobel Prize.

This year’s prize was awarded to Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg, Chief of Surgery at the American National Cancer Institute, in recognition of his research theme of developing effective immunotherapies for patients with cancer and to Dr. Hiroyuki Mano, Professor in the Division of Functional Genomics, Center for Molecular Medicine, Jichi Medical University and Project Professor in the Department of Medical Genomics, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, in recognition of his research into the discovery of a lung cancer oncogene EML4-ALK and the development of molecular targeted therapy.

Following a performance by the Keio University School of Medicine Orchestra, the award ceremony was performed in a congenial atmosphere. Prof. Hideyuki Okano, Chairman of the Keio Medical Science Prize Selection Committee, reported that a large number of researchers had been subjected to rigorous scrutiny by approximately 80 reviewers, both inside and outside Keio University, and gave brief introductions of both award winners. Then, Atsushi Seike, President of Keio University, conferred the Prize medals and certificates on Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Mano before giving a congratulatory address. This was followed by further felicitations from Hirofumi Ryu, Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, and Robert Gabor, Head of the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Unit of the Economic Section in the Embassy of the United States in Japan. Finally, Dr. Rosenberg and Dr. Mano spoke of their delight at receiving the Prize and their plans for future research activity, bringing the Ceremony to close.

Following the Award Ceremony, both prizewinners gave Commemorative Lectures after an opening message from Prof. Makoto Suematsu, Dean of the School of Medicine. An audience of about 280 participants, including invited guests, Keio faculty and staff members, and students, listened intently to their lectures and participated in a question-and-answer session after the lectures, a valuable opportunity to learn about the cutting edge in cancer research directly from authorities in the field.

Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg
Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg
Dr. Hiroyuki Mano
Dr. Hiroyuki Mano

Commemorative Lectures
Commemorative Lectures
Commemorative Photo
Commemorative Photo

Photo: Susumu Ishito