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The 21st Nagoya Medal Award Lectures

The 21st Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University

The Nagoya Medal Prize was initially proposed by Professor Hisashi Yamamoto and Professor Ryoji Noyori, and founded in 1995 with Professor Noyori as the president through the financial support of Banyu Life Science Foundation International. The Nagoya Gold Medal Prize has been awarded every year to an organic chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field in its broadest sense. The first medal was presented to Professor Yoshito Kishi, and since then 26 eminent scientists have come to give lectures, including the Goto Memorial Lectureship started earlier. The Silver Medal, established in 1999, has been presented every year to a rising scientist based in Japan whose research has had a major impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry. The medals are designed in the shape of a sword guard, an idea proposed by Professors Yamamoto and Noyori. The flowers on the surface are lilies, which are the city flower of Nagoya City, and have the meaning of "a kind heart and competitiveness". At the award lectures, the award winners are asked to talk not only about the profundity of their unique prize-winning chemistry, but also the in-depth philosophy behind it, encouraging young chemists and students. This year, the Gold Medal will be presented to Professor Stuart L. Schreiber (HHMI, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Harvard University), and the Silver Medal to Professor Zhaomin Hou (RIKEN). The award winners will give lectures on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Toyoda Auditorium at Nagoya University in Japan.

Gold Medalist: Professor Stuart L. Schreiber (Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard and Harvard University, USA)

Lecture 1: Chemistry towards Novel Mechanism-of-Action (nMoA) Compounds in Therapeutics Discovery

Lecture 2: Chemistry and Human Biology towards Cancer Therapeutics Discovery

Silver Medalist: Professor Zhaomin Hou (RIKEN, Japan)

Lecture 1: Rare Earth and Group 4 Metal Complexes for Novel Chemical Transformations

Event Details:

Date: Friday, January 22, 2016

Time: 10:00 - 18:00

Venue: Toyoda Auditorium, Nagoya University, Japan


Registration: Free of charge

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2) Affiliation

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Professor Kenichiro Itami (Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University)

Sponsored by:

The Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry Committee

Co-sponsored by:

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University

Financial support by:

Banyu Life Science Foundation International

Supported by:

The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan

The Chemical Society of Japan

Japan Society of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry

The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan

The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

Japanese Society for Chemical Biology


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