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Distinguished Professor Shimon SAKAGUCHI of IFReC Selected as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate

2015-9-24(Thu)

On September 24, 18 individuals were selected as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates. One of the two Japanese researchers selected was Shimon SAKAGUCHI, Vice Director at the Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University. Based on a thorough review of citations to researchers' works, Thomson Reuters announces a list of candidates considered likely to win the Nobel Prize in their respective field around this time of the year.
http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.jp/press/release/2015/nobel-laureates/

Comments from Distinguished Professor Shimon SAKAGUCHI  after winning this award

I've been involved in research on regulatory T cells over the past 35 years. Many researchers have actively undertaken research on regulatory T cells in the last 15 years and regulatory T cells are being applied to the control of human immune response -- from treating immune-related diseases such as autoimmune diseases to inducing cancer immunity. As I've been chosen as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate, I realize the high level of interest in this field of study. This encourages me to continue my research.

Distinguished Professor Shimon SAKAGUCHI's profile

Brief Bio

1976  Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, entered Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University坂口先生
1977  Research Scholar, Laboratory of Experimental Pathology, Aichi Cancer Research Institute
1980  Research Scholar, School of Medicine, Kyoto University
1981  Medical Staff, Kyoto University Hospital
1983  Doctor of Medicine, Kyoto University
1983  Post-graduate researcher, Johns Hopkins University, USA 
1987  Visiting Research Fellow, Stanford University
1989  Assistant Professor, Immunology and Microbial Science Department, The Scripps Research Institute
1991  Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
1992  Research Engineer, Sakigake 21 Planning, Research Development Corp. of Japan
1999  Professor, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
2007  Director, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
2007~11 Professor (concurrent), Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
2011  Professor, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
2012  Vice Director, Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University
2013  Distinguished Professor, Osaka University

Field of Expertise
Immunology. He verified the presence of regulatory T cells which controls autoimmune response and clarified their role in immune-related diseases such as autoimmune diseases, organ transplant, and cancer.

Awards
Nov. 2003  Academic Award of the Mochida Memorial Foundation
Jun. 2004   William B. Coley Award
Nov. 2005  Takeda Award
Dec. 2005  Takamine Memorial Daiichi Sankyo Prize
Apr. 2007  Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Mar. 2008  Uehara Prize
Nov. 2008  Keio Medical Science Prize
Nov. 2009  Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon
Jan. 2012  The Asahi Prize
Mar. 2012  Japan Academy Prize
May 2012  A foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA
Jan. 2015  Maharshi Sushruta Award
Mar. 2015  Canada Gairdner International Award
May 2015  Chunichi Cultural Prize

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