Nagoya University Professors Receive FY2021 MEXT Science and Technology Award

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has announced the recipients of its FY2021 Ministerial Awards for Science and Technology, including five researchers from Nagoya University (two for the Awards for Science and Technology, two for the Young Scientists' Award, and one for the Outstanding Support for Research Award).


These awards are presented to researchers who have achieved significant advances in research, development, and promotion of public understanding for science and technology, with the aim of strengthening the motivation of researchers in the field and contributing to improvements in Japan's level of science and technology. Awards are bestowed for the categories of Science and Technology (further categorized to "Development," "Research," "Science and Technology Promotion," "Technology," and "Public Understanding Promotion"), Young Scientists, Creativity, and Outstanding Support for Research.



Recipients of the Awards for Science and Technology


Name and Position



Noriaki Sato

Emeritus Professor

Discovery of superconductivity and study of magnetism in quasicrystals


Kazuhiro Nakamura

Professor, Graduate School of Medicine

Research on central mechanisms of psychosomatic responses to overcome stress-related disease



Recipients of the Young Scientists' Award




Takaki Yamauchi

Associate Professor, Bioscience and Biotechnology Center

Analysis of root aerenchyma formation that contributes to flooding tolerance of plants

Kei Murakami

Former Designated Associate Professor, Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (currently Associate Professor, School of Science at Kwansei Gakuin University)

Development of new catalytic reaction toward synthesis of structurally novel aromatic amines



Recipient of the Outstanding Support for Research Award




Keiko Kuwata

Designated Lecturer, Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules

Contribution to establishment of mass spectrometry support system that accelerates life science research



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