Title: Recent Progress in iPS Cell Research and Application
Date: Thursday 11 May 2023
Time: 9.45-10.15 JPN
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka is the Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University and a Senior Investigator and the L.K. Whittier Foundation Investigator in Stem Cell Biology at the Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Disease (GICD). He is also a Representative Director of Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, CiRA Foundation. He earned an MD from Kobe University in 1987 and a PhD from Osaka City University in 1993. From 1987 to 1989, he was a resident at the National Osaka Hospital. From 1993 to 1996, he was a postdoctoral fellow at GICD.
In 1996, He became an Assistant Professor at Osaka City University Medical School. In 1999, he was appointed Associate Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, where he became a full professor in 2003. He took his current position as professor at Kyoto University in 2004 and was appointed Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes in 2007.
Since 2008, he has directed CiRA. He is most recognized for his original research on induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Since his breakthrough finding, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Dr. John Gurdon (2012). Human iPS cells and their derivatives offer a new model for disease modeling, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine.
His primary vision is to overcome diseases by delivering iPS cell-based innovative therapeutic options.