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President Toshio HIRANO Farewell Lecture

2015-7-14 (Tue) 16:45 -



President Toshio HIRANO will be holding his farewell lecture according to the details below. We hope that many of you will attend.

For the last half a century since I enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine in 1966,  I have walked with Osaka University. Now I remember my pleasant school days, my working days with a strong will to become an immunologist, my meeting with my mentor, Dr. Yuichi YAMAMURA, and my days when I worked with and learned from my predecessors and coworkers.
Taking the presidency of Osaka University as my fate, supported by many people, I have spared no effort for Osaka University. At this time of my leaving Osaka University, I'd like to talk about my life at Osaka University. I would be grateful if students, faculty and staff, graduates, and individuals related to Osaka University would listen to my speech.

About President Toshio HIRANO
Born in Osaka on April 17, 1947. A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine Osaka University 1972 studied at NIH (U.S.) from 1973 to 1976. After serving at the Dept. of Internal Medicine, Osaka Prefectural Habikino Hospital, he held positions of assistant professor at Kumamoto University, assistant professor and professor at Osaka University, and director at the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences. Following that, he served as a dean at the Faculty of Medicine from April 2008 to March 2011. He assumed the the 17th presidency of Osaka University on August 26, 2011. (~August 25, 2015) He served as a chairman, Japan Society for Immunology (2005~06). He is also a member Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, The Science Council of Japan. His awards include Sandoz Prize for Immunology, Osaka Science Prize, Academic Award of the Mochida Memorial Foundation, Medical Award, Fujiwara Prize, Crafoord Prize, Japan Prize, and Medal with Purple Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan. His specialty is immunology. He discovered interleukin 6 (IL-6) which plays an important role in information transmission in immunity function, clarifying the relationship between its mechanism and autoimmune diseases.

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 16:45~18:15 

*The lecture had originally been scheduled to run until 17:45, but it has since been lengthened and will now end at 18:15*


MO Hall, 3F, Convention Center, Suita Campus

Note: We will also be showing a live broadcast of the event in the conference room of the Convention Center. 

Other live broadcast locations include:

Lecture Hall, 2F, Osaka University Hall, Toyonaka Campus
Presentation Room, 1F, B Building, Minoh Campus
Lecture Room 703, 7F, Nakanoshima Center
Multipurpose Room 1, Tokyo Office


As an Immunologist, and as President:
Reflecting on the Past and Heading Toward the Future


Note: Because of another event being held until 16:30, we ask that you arrive at this lecture between 16:30 and 16:45.

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