Winners of the 23rd Keio Medical Science Prize, presented by The Keio University Medical Science Fund, have been announced. The winners included Professor Masashi Yanagisawa of the University of Tsukuba (Director of the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS)).
The Keio Medical Science Prize was established in 1996 to honor the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine.
Professor Yanagisawa has been selected as a recipient in recognition of his " Elucidation of sleep control mechanisms and applications in drug discovery."
The award ceremony will be held at Keio University on December 18.
[Comments from Professor Yanagisawa]
I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Keio Medical Science Award and feel humbled going through the prominent list of previous laureates. My achievements would not have been possible without the teamwork of my lab members and esteemed collaborators and I would like to accept this award on behalf of my entire team. Looking back, I realize that exploratory research has always been my style ever since the start of my career. I went into the field of sleep research not because of my own planning but through simple observations of experimental phenomena. From here on out, I plan to remain free and unbiased, asking hard questions and exploring the scientific mysteries that lie before us.
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