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Apr. 26, 2013

Yoshihide Hayashizaki receives Chen Award

Image of Hayashizaki at the award reception

Dr. Yoshihide Hayashizaki, director of the RIKEN Preventive Medicine & Diagnosis Innovation Program (PMI), has been awarded the Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic & Genomic Research 2013 by the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) for his longstanding contribution to transcriptomics research. In particular, he was commended for his achievements in the development of full-length cDNA technology and human genomics and human genetics in the Asia-Pacific region through FANTOM, a large-scale international project.

The Chen Award celebrates the achievements of biomedical scientists who have performed extraordinary work which has changed the thinking in the field where important technology was developed; and/or who have made new insights which have led to the development of new therapies; and/or whose lifetime contributions have had a significant impact on the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Hayashizaki attended the Human Genome Meeting 2013, held in Singapore from April 13 to 18, 2013, and gave a keynote address for the award. In his lecture he discussed the history of the development of full-length cDNA technology and the FANTOM project, and outlined the possibilities for future biomedical applications of these achievements.