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Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize

The Gladstone Institutes Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize



2018 Recipient

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD, associate professor at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University, is the winner of the 2018 Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize. He was selected for his groundbreaking research in cellular reprogramming and stem cell–based therapies for genetic disease.

About the Prize

The Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize recognizes individuals whose original translational research has advanced cellular reprogramming technology for regenerative medicine. The prize was established in 2015 through a generous gift from the late Hiro and Betty Ogawa and is supported by the Gladstone Institutes. It also recognizes the importance of iPSCs, discovered by Gladstone Senior Investigator and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka.

Each year, the awardee is honored during a ceremony hosted by the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California. The recipient gives a scientific lecture and is presented with the award, along with an unrestricted prize of $150,000 USD.

Past Recipients

Lorenz P. Studer, MD
Director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and member of the Developmental Biology Program at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

A distinguished stem cell biologist, Studer was selected for his transformative contributions to the field of cellular reprogramming and the application of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to human disease. His groundbreaking research has advanced the therapeutic potential of stem cell–based therapies in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.
Douglas Melton, PhD
Co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Xander University Professor at Harvard University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Melton was honored for his research that led to a novel way to reprogram human stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells. His work provides the foundation for the ultimate goal of transplanting patient-specific beta cells to treat diabetes.
Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD
Project Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration at the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology

Takahashi was honored for her trailblazing research that led to the first clinical trial to use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in humans. Her work paves the way for using stem cells to treat retinal diseases, including macular degeneration.