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November 11, 2010

Kyoto Prize award ceremony


Shinya Yamanaka, Director of the Kyoto University Center for iPS cell Research and Application (CiRA) was awarded a Kyoto Prize in the Advanced Technology category during the ceremony on the 26th Kyoto Prize for significant contributions to science and culture, held in the Kyoto International Conference Center on November 10.
While some 1700 people, including Princess Takamado, noted scholars, lawmakers, local politicians, attended the ceremony, Yamanaka was presented a medal and a prize with other two recipients this year - L�szl� Lov�sz, winner of the Basic Sciences prize, and William Kentridge, who was awarded the Prize in Arts and Philosophy.
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Yamanaka described how his efforts in the reprogramming of differentiated cells to a state of pluripotency relied on the work of many others before him, and expressd his thanks to colleagues, scientists and students in his own laboratory who made the achievement possible. The ceremony closed with the performance of Japanese nursery songs by students of the Seibo Gakuin Elementray School choir.

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Following the ceremony, Yamanaka remarked, "As a researcher at Kyoto University, it is a particularly great honor to receive the Kyoto Prize. I would once again like to thank colleagues, friends and family for their support. I am delighted to receive the Kyoto Prize, and was deeply moved by the children's beautiful performance during the ceremony."

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