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HFSP alumnus Tasuku Honjo awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

HFSPO wishes to congratulate HFSP alumnus Tasuku Honjo who shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with James P. Allison for “their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”

In 1990, Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University was the principal investigator on an HFSP Research Grant, together with Tak W. Mak and Dennis Y. Loh, for research into the “regulation of DNA rearrangement and lymphocyte differentiation.” Dr. Honjo also hosted an HFSP postdoctoral fellow in his laboratory and 10 of his PhD students applied successfully for HFSP Fellowships as recently as 2017.

HFSPO greatly appreciates the support of Tasuku Honjo who assisted as a mail reviewer from 1998 – 2001. Most importantly he was a member of the Review Committee for HFSP Fellowships in Molecular Biology in 1992 - 1993, and from 1994 - 1995 he was Chair of the committee.

James P. Allison also has connections with HFSP as he has hosted several HFSP postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory.

For HFSP this represents the 28th Nobel Prize in the 29 years of the Program.

For more information on their seminal work please visit the full press release at


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