2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Presented to Kazutoshi Takahashi, PhD
NYSCF announced Dr. Kazutoshi Takahashi, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University, as the 2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize recipient for his critical role in developing a new type of stem cell derived from adult tissue – induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Doctor Takahashi helped pioneer a new stem cell technique for turning adult stem cells into embryonic-like stem cells in the laboratory of 2012 Nobel Prize winner Shinya Yamanaka.
The NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding young stem cell scientist in recognition of significant and pathbreaking translational stem cell research.
In addition to presenting Dr. Takahashi with the NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize, NYSCF honored three Stem Cell Heroes making an impact on the field right now: Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Alice Shure of the Charles Evans Foundation, founding supporters of the NYSCF Initiative to Cure Alzheimer’s Disease, and Seun Adebiyi, an aspiring Olympian and founder of Bone Marrow Registry Nigeria, the country’s first bone marrow registry. Each discusses how disease and stem cells have impacted their lives in this short film.