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February 25, 2016

The 15th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences Awarded for Studies of Autophagy.

Hoboken, NJ

 

The Wiley Foundation, part of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb) — a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education — today announced the 15th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for the discovery of how cells recycle their components in an orderly manner. This process, autophagy (self-eating), is critical for the maintenance and repair of cells and tissues.

Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the National Institute for Basic Biology, at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, and is an Honorary Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has a Professorship at the University of Tokyo and is the recipient of several awards including the Japan Academy Prize 2006, the Kyoto Prize for Basic Science 2012, the Canada Gairdner International Award and International Prize for Biology 2015.

“In the course of a research career that began with the study of autophagosome formation and vacuole fusion in yeast, Yoshinori Ohsumi has made pioneering contributions toward illuminating the processes of autophagy and their significance and relevance in disease processes,”  said Dr. Günter Blobel, Chairman of the awards jury for the Wiley Prize.

First awarded in 2002, The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is presented annually to recognize contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced concepts in a particular biomedical discipline. Among the many distinguished recipients of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences, five have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

“The work of the 2016 Wiley Prize recipient, Yoshinori Ohsumi, truly upholds the mission of the Wiley Prize and the Wiley Foundation,” said Deborah E. Wiley, Chair of the Wiley Foundation. “It is our hope that highlighting his research in autophagy will inspire and support scientific investigations of cell function, innate immunity, and disease states such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.”

This year’s award of $35,000 will be presented to the winner on April 8, 2016 at the Wiley Prize luncheon at The Rockefeller University. There, Dr. Ohsumi will deliver an honorary lecture as part of The Rockefeller University Lecture Series.  This event will be live streamed via the Current Protocols’ Webinar Series and registration is free.

The Wiley Foundation, part of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb) today announced the 15th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for the discovery of how cells recycle their components in an orderly manner.