Prof. Karl Deisseroth

 2014 Prize Laureate

Prof. Hiroshi Hamada

 2014 Prize Laureate


Mar. 10, 2015

The Call for Nominations has closed.

Thank you for the high number of excellent nominations we received!

Dec. 8, 2014

Keio Medical Science Prize 2014

- Award Ceremony and Commemorative Lectures held on November 27, 2014

Sep. 10, 2014

Announcement of the 19th Keio Medical Science Prize

- Press Release

- 2014 Prize Laureates


  • to promote worldwide advances in medicine and life sciences
  • to encourage international academic exchange and expansion of the international network of medical researchers
  • to contribute to the well-being of humankind


The Keio Medical Science Prize

The Keio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine.

Grants for International Activities in Life Sciences and Medicine

This grant is aimed to promote international medical exchanges by encouraging exchange programs for medical students and activities between Keio’s international partner institutions, and by supporting young researchers studying abroad.

Medical School Faculty and Alumni Grants

Medical School Faculty and Alumni grants are awarded to alumni of the School of Medicine, Keio University in recognition of their distinguished achievements in the fields of medicine and life sciences.

Research Grants for Life Sciences and Medicine

These grants are awarded to researchers and medical doctors to assist them in conducting research projects at the School of Medicine.

The Sakaguchi Laboratory

The Sakaguchi laboratory was established to promote research and education in the fields of medicine and life sciences at Keio University.

History of the Fund

Keio University, Japan’s oldest private university, was established in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, a pioneer in Japan’s modernization. With ten faculties and fourteen graduate schools, Keio is one of Japan’s leading universities and is renowned for its wide-ranging international academic exchanges.

The Keio University School of Medicine was established in 1917 in accordance with the wishes of Fukuzawa, and Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato was appointed as the first dean. The School was officially recognized in 1920, when Keio University (then comprising the Faculty of Letters, Economics, Law, and the School of Medicine) was the first Japanese private university to be accredited by the Japanese government. Since its establishment, the School has trained numerous outstanding doctors and researchers in medicine and life sciences, and has contributed enormously to Japanese society through its education, research, and medicine.

In Fall 1994, Dr. Mitsunada Sakaguchi, a 1940 alumnus of the School of Medicine, donated five billion yen to Keio University, with the expressed desire that it be used to commend outstanding researchers, to encourage medical research and its creative progress at Keio through grants, and to promote worldwide medical advances. In keeping with Dr. Sakaguchi's commitment, Keio launched the Keio University Medical Science Fund on April 1, 1995. Dr. Sakaguchi made an additional donation of two billion yen in July 1999, bringing the fund to a total of seven billion yen.


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