Prof. Yamanaka to Retire as Director of Kyoto University's CiRA Next Spring To "Focus on His Research"
The news was announced by Kyoto University on the said date. Jun Takahashi, a professor at CiRA, will be the next director. His term of office is two years, starting from April 1, 2022.CiRA was established in April, 2010. Professor Yamanaka became the first director and served for six terms, a total of 12 years. In 2006, he reported that he had created iPS cells in mice, and in 2012, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
According to Kyoto University, at a CiRA faculty meeting held on December 2, Prof. Yamanaka recommended Prof. Takahashi as the next director, and he was chosen as his successor with a majority of votes.
Prof. Yamanaka said, "Since the presentation of iPS cells, I have done what I can as a director and fundraiser for over 15 years. In the past few years, I have wanted more and more to focus on my own research. As a basic researcher, I will do my best to contribute to the development of iPS cell research, medicine and biology."(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)