Japanese Order of Culture for Mitsuhiro Yanagida

Alumni news: We are delighted to hear of the award of the Order of Culture to Mitsuhiro Yanagida, group leader at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. The Order of Culture is Japan's most prestigious cultural award and was conferred by the Emperor at a ceremony on November 3rd 2011.

Mitsuhiro Yanagida has received two research grants from HFSP and served from 1998-2001 on  HFSP's Council of Scientists. In 1990 he was the first Japanese scientist to host a non-Japanese postdoctoral fellow, Iain Hagen from the UK, supported by an HFSP Long-Term Fellowship.

Mitsuhiro Yanagida is a world leader in studies of the cell cycle and chromosome structure. He has participated twice in HFSP-funded international collaborations. The first, on "Phosphatases and other proteins essential in all higher organisms to the fundamental process of cell division" was with David Glover (Cambridge, UK), Patricia Cohen and Philip cohen (Dundee, UK) and Eric Karsenti (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany). The second, in 1995 on "Chromatin boundary elements: structure and function" was a three continent collaboration with Arie Otte (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Paul Andrew Fisher (Stony Brook, USA).