Foundation profile

Message from Chairman

Since I was unexpectedly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016, a large number and variety of people from both home and abroad have sent me kind messages of congratulations and words of encouragement. In particular, I have been greatly encouraged by the fact that more people are now interested in basic science than ever before.

However, Japan is currently in a situation where we should not become too excited by Japanese nationals winning the prize one after another. To put it briefly, it is doubtful whether we will continue to win in the future. It has recently become apparent that even when seen objectively, Japan’s research capabilities will rapidly decline at their current rate.

I have thus been appealing for the provision of support for Japanese basic science and universities. Seizing the opportunity presented by winning the prize, I have decided to seek cooperation from many people with the aim of building a continuous system and in order that expectations for the promotion of basic science will not end up simply as something transient.

Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D.

Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D.

Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016
Molecular cell biologist


Jun 2005
Fujiwara Award
Jul 2006
Japan Academy Prize
Sep 2007
Academic Prize of the Botanical Society of Japan
Jan 2009
Asahi Prize
Nov 2012
Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences
Sep 2013
Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates
Apr 2015
Japan Endocrine Society Meister Award
Oct 2015
Canada Gairdner International Award in Life Science
Nov 2015
Person of Cultural Merit
Nov 2015
The Keio Medical Science Prize
Nov 2015
Shizhang Bei Award
Dec 2015
International Prize for Biology
Apr 2016
Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research
Apr 2016
Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science
Sep 2016
Paul Janssen Award
Nov 2016
Order of Culture
Dec 2016
Breakthrough Prize in Life Science
Dec 2016
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Sep 2017
Fundamental Prize of the Botanical Society of Japan