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Alma mater
Osaka University

Toshio Hirano

Toshio Hirano

April 17, 1947 (age 77) Osaka (

Bioscience and Medical Science

Known for
Discovery of interleukin-6 and its application in treating diseases

Notable awards
Crafoord Prize (2009) Japan Prize (2011)

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Toshio Hirano (平野 俊夫, Hirano Toshio, born April 17, 1947 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese immunologist and academic, best known for his discovery of interleukin-6. Since August 2011, he has served as the 17th President of Osaka University.


Toshio hirano


  • 1972 - graduated from Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
  • 1980 - assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Kumamoto University
  • 1984 - assistant professor at Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University
  • 1989 - professor at the same university
  • 2004 - Dean of Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University
  • 2008 - Dean of Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
  • August 2011 - the 17th president of Osaka University
  • Honors and awards

  • Erwin von Balz prize (Japan), 1986
  • CIBA-GEIGY Rheumatism Prize (Japan), 1990
  • Sandoz Prize for Immunology (now known as the Novartis Prizes for Immunology), 1992
  • Osaka Science Prize (Japan), 1997
  • Mochida Memorial Prize (Japan), 1998
  • ISI Citation Laureate Award (Japan), 1981–98, 2000
  • The Fujiwara Prize, 2004 The Fujiwara Foundation of Science
  • Medical Award of The Japan Medical Association, 2005, The Japan Medical Association
  • Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, April, 2006
  • The Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2009
  • The Japan Prize for the discovery of interleukin-6, 2011
  • References

    Toshio Hirano Wikipedia

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