The Uehara Memorial Foundation

The Uehara Memorial Foundation

Supporting the Future of the Life Sciences through Grants, International Symposiums and Other Means

In February 1985, the Uehara Memorial Foundation was established as a 70th anniversary project of Taisho Pharmaceutical to commemorate the footsteps of our honorary chairman, the late Shokichi Uehara. The objective of the Uehara Memorial Foundation is to promote research in pharmaceutical development and other life science fields to enhance people’s lives and welfare. The foundation has provided more than 10,460 grants and other forms of assistance totaling approximately ¥33.0 billion.

Support for Researchers

The foundation’s activities have included research grants for professional life science researchers, grants for overseas study, the Uehara Prize, an award recognizing research accomplishments, and holding international symposiums.

Symposiums

The foundation promotes the life sciences by holding symposiums. In June 2021, we held the 13th International Symposium based on the theme of “Brain-periphery interactions in health and diseases.”

The Uehara Prize and Grant Presentation Ceremony

In March 2021, the Uehara Prize presentation ceremony was held at the First Building of the Taisho Pharmaceutical headquarters. The winners were Dr. Ryoichiro Kageyama, Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, whose research theme is "Elucidation of the regulatory mechanism of proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells," and Dr. Akihiko Yoshimura, Professor, Keio University School of Medicine, whose research theme is "Discovery of Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Cytokine Responses and Elucidation of Their Pathogenesis" The grant presentation ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Uehara Prize and Grant Presentation Ceremony

Grants and other forms of assistance awarded during fiscal 2020

                          
(1) Uehara Prize ¥60.0 million
(2) Designated research grants ¥69.0 million
(3) Research grants ¥550.0 million
(4) Research incentive grants ¥240.0 million
(5) Special incentive grants to promote research ¥40.0 million
(6) Overseas research fellowships ¥303.1 million
(7) Overseas postdoctoral fellowships ¥219.8 million
(8) Other ¥41.85 million
                          
Total

Support for Research

Uehara Prize (research achievement prize) Recognition of researchers in the field of life sciences actively engaged in original research that has produced notable accomplishments (gold medal and supplementary prize value: ¥20 million)
Designated research grants Assistance for research in designated areas that need promoting (three-year grant, with research results announced at the Uehara Memorial Foundation international symposiums) (value: A ¥15 million, B ¥9 million)
Research grants Assistance for researchers based in Japan (value: ¥5 million)
Research incentive grants Assistance for young researchers based in Japan (value: ¥2 million)
Special incentive grants to promote research Assistance for professors who established labs independently at medical and pharmaceutical schools (value: ¥4 million)
Overseas research fellowships Assistance for young researchers who want to study overseas (during grant period; must be earning under ¥6 million annually)
Overseas postdoctoral fellowships Assistance for young researchers who have a doctorate or will obtain one by April of the following year (during grant period; must be earning under ¥3 million annually)

Uehara Prize (research achievement prize) recipients (titles omitted)

Fiscal year Recipient Affiliation (at time of award)
2020 Ryoichiro Kageyama Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences
Akihiko Yoshimura Professor, Keio University School of Medicine
2019 Kazuhiro Iwai Professor at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine
Mitinori Saitou Professor at Kyoto University Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology
2018 Hiroyuki Sasaki Distinguished Professor of the Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University
Hiroshi Takayanagi Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
2017 Kunihiro Matsumoto Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Atsushi Miyawaki Deputy Director of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute
2016 Hidenori Ichijo Professor of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Seiji Ogawa Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (Joint award)
Satoru Miyano Professor of the Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (Joint award)
2015 Chikashi Toyoshima Professor of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, The University of Tokyo
Noboru Mizushima Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo (Joint award)
Tamotsu Yoshimori Distinguished Processor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
2014 Masanobu Kano Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
2013 Yoshiki Sasai Deputy Director of RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Osamu Nureki Professor of the Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
2012 Tadaomi Takenawa Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University and Director of the Integrated Center for Mass Spectrometry
Yoshinori Watanabe Professor of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, The University of Tokyo
2011 Kazutoshi Mori Professor of the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Masayuki Yamamoto Dean, Professor of the Tohoku University School of Medicine
2010 Haruo Kasai Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Hiroyuki Mano Professor, Jichi Medical University; Project Professor, The University of Tokyo
2009 Yuichi Sugiyama Dean, Professor of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Eisuke Nishida Professor of the Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
2008 Masamitsu Iino Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Shinya Yamanaka Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences
2007 Takashi Kadowaki Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Shimon Sakaguchi Director of Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University
2006 Shizuo Akira Professor, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases
Kenji Kangawa Deputy Director, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
2005 Yo-ichi Nabeshima Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
Yoshikuni Mizuno Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Juntendo University
2004 Takao Shimizu Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Keiji Tanaka Vice Director General, Tokyo Metropolitan Organization for Medical Research (part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science)
2003 Masaru Taniguchi Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University
Tetsuo Nagano Professor of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2002 Shoichiro Tsukita Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
2001 Shuh Narumiya Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
Mitsuhiro Yanagida Dean, Professor of the Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
2000 Makoto Asashima Professor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Koichi Tanaka Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
1999 Yasushi Miyashita Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
1997 Shigekazu Nagata Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University
Katsuhiko Mikoshiba Professor of the Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
1996 Yoshio Yazaki Dean, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
1995 Masatoshi Takeichi Professor of the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
1994 Nobutaka Hirokawa Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
1993 Tadatsugu Taniguchi Professor of the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University
Tasuku Honjo Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Center for Molecular Biology and Genetics
1992 Akira Ichihara Director and Professor of Institute of Enzyme Research, Tokushima University
Keiya Tada Professor of the School of Medicine, Tohoku University
Toshiharu Nagatsu Professor, Institute for Comprehensive Medical Science, Fujita Health University
1991 Fumimaro Takaku President of International Medical Center of Japan
Shigetada Nakanishi Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University
1990 Seiichiro Tarui Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University
1989 Masaji Ohno Professor of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
1988 Satoshi Ōmura Director and Deputy Director, The Kitasato Institute
1987 Michio Ui Professor of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
1986 Hiroshi Irisawa Professor of the Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki National Research Institute
1985 Hideo Sugita Director of Department of Neuromuscular Research, Neurological Research Center of National Musashi Sanatorium
Yukio Yamori Professor, Shimane Medical University