About Keio Medical Science Prize

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The call for the 24th nominations has closed.
Thank you for the large number of excellent nominations we received!
Announcement of the 23rd Keio Medical Science Prize
- Press Release
- 2018 Prize Laureates
The call for the 23rd nominations has closed.
Thank you for the large number of excellent nominations we received!

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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.
It aims to promote worldwide advances in medicine and life sciences,
to encourage the expansion of researcher networks throughout the world, and to contribute to the well-being of humankind.


Laureates receive a certificate of merit, medal, and a monetary award.
The award ceremony and commemorative lectures are held at Keio University.

Prize Laureates

2018 Prize Laureates

Prof. Seiji Ogawa

Feng Zhang, Ph.D.

Reasons for Selection:
Development of CRISPR/Cas system in mammalian cells and application for medical science


Masashi Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Reasons for Selection:
Elucidation of sleep control mechanisms and applications in drug discovery

Past Prize Laureates


Please submit nomination materials online through the Nomination Form.
Nomination Form is opened during end of January to early March.
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The Keio Medical Science Prize Selection Committee, consisting of Japanese academics and researchers,
is charged with reviewing candidates' research activities and making a recommendation to the Board of Directors.


Nominees must be researchers in medicine or life sciences closely related to medicine,
and preferably currently active in their field of research.
The Keio Medical Science Prize is an international award.

Selection Process

  1. An invitation is sent out to academics and researchers all over the world each year,
    inviting them to nominate a candidate for the Prize.
  2. The Committee reviews the nominations and submits a recommendation to the Board.
  3. The Board makes the final decision and formally announces the laureate(s).

Yearly Schedule

(Subject to Change)