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平野 俊夫

Immunologist , university professor

Toshio Hirano, Japanese Medical educator. Recipient Erwin von Balz prize Boehringer, 1986, Rheumatism prize Japan Ciba-Geigy, 1990, prize for immunology Sandoz, Basel, Switzerland,1992. Member Japanese Society for Immunology (board directors since 1992), International Society Immunopharmacology (member county since 1991).


Hirano, Toshio was born on April 17, 1947 in Osaka, Japan.


Doctor of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science, Osaka University, Japan, 1979.


Visiting fellow, gerontology research center National Institute Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, 1973-1976. Medical staff, department internal medicine Osaka Prefectural Habikino Hospital, 1978—1980. Associate professor, department biochemistry, Institute for Medical Immunology Kumamoto University Medical School, 1980-1984.

Associate professor, division immunology, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology Osaka University, 1984-1989, professor, laboratory development immunology, graduate school frontier biosciences, since 2002, professor, lab development immunology, Work Personality Index Immunology Frontier Research Center, since 2007. Professor, division molecular oncology, Biomedical Research Center Osaka University Medical School, 1989—2001. Director Biomedical Research Center, 1997—1999.

Professor, department molecular oncology (now Laboratory Development Immunology) Osaka University Graduate School Medicine, since 2001. Group director Rikagaku Kenkyūsho Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI), since 2001. Councilor member Osaka University, 2003—2006, since 2007, dean, graduate school frontier biosciences, 2004—2006, dean, graduate school medicine, since 2008.


  • Erwin von Balz prize (Japan), 1986\r\nCIBA-GEIGY Rheumatism Prize (Japan), 1990\r\nSandoz Prize for Immunology (now known as the Novartis Prizes for Immunology), 1992\r\nOsaka Science Prize (Japan), 1997\r\nMochida Memorial Prize (Japan), 1998\r\nISI Citation Laureate Award (Japan), 1981–98, 2000\r\nThe Fujihara Prize, 2004 The Fujihara Foundation of Science\r\nMedical Award of The Japan Medical Association, 2005, The Japan Medical Association\r\nMedal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, April, 2006\r\nThe Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2009\r\nThe Japan Prize for the discovery of interleukin-6, 2011.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Nature, 1986, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, 1990, The Cytokine Handbook, 1991, second edition, 1994. Contributor articles to professional journals. Member editorial board Cytokine, London, since 1989, International Immunopharmacology, since 1995.

      Member associate editors Journal Molecular Medicine, Berlin, since 1994.


Member Japanese Society for Immunology (board member since 1987, member director board 1992-1994, 1997-2000, 2003-2006, senior council member 1992-1994, 1997-2000, 2003-2006, president 2005-2006), International Society Immunopharmacology (member council since 1991), Japanese Society for Cancer(board member since 1995), Japanese Society Molecular Biology, Japanese Biochemical Society, Japanese Society Hematology, American Association Immunologists.


Son of masami and Kaoru (Kubota) H. Married Chiyoko Koyanagi, December 8, 1974. 2 children.

Chiyoko Koyanagi