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Shigekazu Nagata, Elected to Foreign Associate of National Academy of Sciences, USA

The National Academy of Sciences, USA (NAS) elected Professor Shigekazu Nagata of IFReC to the foreign associate of NAS.

The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science of technology (Website of NAS).

The NAS announced on April 28, 2015 that 84 new members and 21 foreign associates were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the NAS is one of the premier recognitions in science. Prof. Nagata was recognized for his great contribution to the understanding of apoptosis, phagocytosis, and their roles in pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. Further, his studies have potential for treatment of immune diseases in the future.

In IFReC, Prof. Nagata is the fourth NAS member following after Tadamitsu Kishimoto (1991), Shizuo Akira (2009), and Shimon Sakaguchi (2012). At the current moment, these four scientists are all the NAS members in Osaka University.

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