OIST Professor (Adjunct) Svante Pääbo, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, visited the Prime Minister's Office on February 1, 2023 and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Professor Pääbo was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his significant contributions to the "discoveries about the genome of extinct hominids and human evolution.”
Prime Minister Kishida praised Professor Pääbo’s work, saying, "I feel that this is very significant research that is contributing to modern medicine, as well as to the identity of humankind." He also said that the award demonstrated the high level of research at OIST and emphasized that the government would continue to support the university.
Professor Pääbo said he was pleased to be able to work at OIST, which attracts talented scientists from around the world and is a model for a modern scientific institution. “I hope to continue to contribute to the success of OIST through science," he said.
(Photo: Prof. Svante Pääbo (left) and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) presenting his book.)