Professor SAKAGUCHI Shimon and Dr. YOSHINO Akira selected to receive Order of Culture, Professor Emeritus INOKI Takenori selected as Person of Cultural Merit
Specially Appointed Professor (full-time) SAKAGUCHI Shimon of the Immunology Frontier Research Center was selected to receive the Order of Culture, and Professor Emeritus INOKI Takenori of the Graduate School of Economics was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit.
22 individuals from Osaka University have been selected to receive the Order of Culture, with Dr. KISHIMOTO Tadamitsu’s selection in 1998 being the last selection for an individual currently affiliated with the university. Dr. Kishimoto was President of Osaka University at the time of his selection.
In addition, Dr. YOSHINO Akira, who was recently selected to receive the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was also selected to receive the Order of Culture. Dr. Yoshino received his doctoral degree at Osaka University.
Message from Professor Sakaguchi
I am greatly honored to be selected to receive the Order of Culture. It brings me such joy to know that my research over the years has allowed me to be recognized to receive this most prestigious honor.
I’ve performed fundamental research for many years on how to control immune responses in order to cure diseases, and in recent years, I’ve begun to shift my focus to applied research utilizing the results of said fundamental research. This award will serve to encourage me to further devote myself to my future research endeavors.
Comment from President NISHIO Shojiro
I am extremely pleased to hear that Professor SAKAGUCHI Shimon was selected to receive the Order of Culture. Professor Sakaguchi has a number of outstanding research accomplishments in the field of immunological research, one of Osaka University’s strongest fields, including his discovery of regulatory T cells, among other achievements.
I'm also delighted to hear of Professor Emeritus INOKI Takenori’s selection as a Person of Cultural Merit. I'm incredibly proud of these professors for their achievements, and their selection to receive these prestigious accolades has given me both great joy and respect for them both. These accomplishments will provide students and young researchers at OU with the hopes and dreams to go forth and forge their research path in the brand new Reiwa Era.
In addition, I’d like to extend my congratulations to Dr. YOSHINO Akira, who was recently awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, on his selection to receive the Order of Culture. Dr. Yoshino received his doctoral degree here at Osaka University.
I’m elated that individuals with connections to Osaka University have been presented with these prestigious honors. So to these awardees, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and hope for their good health and continued success in the future.
We at Osaka University will use these achievements as motivation to further develop and expand the university moving forward.
Osaka University President NISHIO Shojiro
Prizewinners (Osaka University-related individuals)