Shizuo Akira

Laboratory of Host Defense, World Premier International Immunology Frontier Research Center (WPI-IFReC), Osaka University

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CURRICULUM VITAE
Name: Shizuo Akira
Affiliation: Director / Professor
Laboratory of Host Defense, World Premier International Immunology Frontier Research Center
(WPI-IFReC), Osaka University, 3-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871
Tel: +81 6 6879 8302 FAX: +81 6 6879 8305
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Education: 1977 M.D. Osaka University, School of Medicine
1977-1978 Clinical Training at Osaka University Hospital 1980-1984 Ph.D. Osaka University, School of Medicine
Positions Held: 1978-1980 Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine, Sakai Municipal Hospital, Sakai, Osaka
1984-1985 Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University
1985-1987 Research Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, California University, Berkeley 1987-1995 Research Associate in the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University 1995 Associate Professor in the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University
1996-1999 Professor of Biochemistry, Hyogo College of Medicine
1996-2002 Research Head in CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) and SORST (Solution Oriented Research for Science and Technology) of Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
1999-present Professor of Department of Host Defense, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
2002-2007 Project Director of AKIRA Innate Immunity, ERATO (Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology) of Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)
2007-present Director, WPI Immunology Frontier Research Center (WPI-IFReC), Osaka University
Professonal Society Memberships: Japanese Society for Immunology (Board Member)
Japanese Society for Molecular Biology
Japanese Society for Biochemistry (Board Member)
Japanese Society for Molecular Cell Biology of Macrophages
International Cytokine Society
International Endotoxin Society
American Association of Immunologist
US-Japan Immunology Panel Board Member (2002-Present)
Editorial Board: Microbes and Infection (Associate Editor, 2003-present) International Immunology (Associate Editor, 2000-present)
Journal of Immunology (Associate Editor, 2003-2007)
PloS Biology (Editorial Board, 2003-present)
Immunity (Associate Editor, 2005-present)
Journal of Experimental Medicine (Advisory Editor, 2006-present)
European Journal of Immunology (Editorial Board, 2007-present)
BMC Immunology (Editorial Board)
Current Immunology Reviews (Editorial Board)
Current Opinion in Immunology (Editorial Board, 2007- present)
Annual Review of Immunology (Associate Editor, 2007-present)
Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews (Editorial Board, 2007-present)
Awards and Honors 2001 Inoue Prize for Science (Inoue Foundation of Science)
2001 The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Award for Medical Sciences
2002 Osaka Science Prize (Osaka Science & Technology)
2003 Takeda Prize for Medical Science (Takeda Science Foundation)
2004 The Prize of Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund
2004 Plenary Lecture TOLL2004 (First International Toll Meeting),
Taormia, Italy
2004 Robert Koch Prize (Robert Koch Foundation, Germany)
2005 Medal with Purple Ribbon (Japanese Cabinet Office)
2006 Asahi Prize (Asahi Shinbun)
2006 2004-2005 "Hottest Researcher" (Thomson Scientific)
2006 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic
Immunology (Cancer Research Institute, USA)
2007 Uehara Prize (Uehara Memorial Foundation)
2007 2005-2006 "Hottest Researcher" (Thomson Scientific)
2007 Doctor honoris causa (Technical University of Munich, Department of Medicine)
2007 Dunham Lectures (Harvard Medical School)
2007 Imperial Prize and Japan Academy Prize (Japan Academy)
2007 Milstein Award (International Society for Interferon and
Cytokine Research)
2007 Thomson Research Front Award (Thomson Scientific)
2008 Dyer Lecture (NIH)
2009 Marsh Lecture (The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research)
2009 Keystone Symposia: Pattern Recognition Molecules and Immune Sensors of Pathogens. Keynote Lecture
2009 Lacey Lecture (Washington University at St. Louis)
2009 National Academy of Sciences of USA, Foreign Associate
2009 Person of Cultural Merit (Japanese Government)
2009 Hans Bloemendal Medal (University of Nijmegen, Netherland)
2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
2010 17th Dundee Cell Signalling Lecture (University of Dundee, Scotland)
2010 Keio International Medical Science Prize
2010 Avery-Landsteiner Prize (German Society for Immunology)
2010 Lifetime honorary member (International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society)
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