Japanese scientist wins UNESCO's Finlay Award in microbiology
Paris, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Japanese researcher Kenya Honda won the Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Award in Microbiology for his studies on the microbiota and its impact on the immune system, the multilateral organization announced on Thursday.
In a statement, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) set out that the professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine of Keio University (Tokyo) led a team who developed and perfected a line of gnotobiotics that integrates highly efficient culture techniques with animal models and next-generation sequencing.
Honda identified members of the microbiota (microorganisms located in a normal way in parts of the body) that drive specific types of adaptive immune responses, said the statement, regarding the winner of the award, which honors Cuban Doctor Finlay or his discoveries on the transmission of yellow fever.
The Carlos J. Finlay Award, which created in 1977 and is sponsored by Cuba, recognizes people and institutions with relevant contributions in the field of Microbiology, including Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and other related fields.
UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay confirmed in early July the importance and permanence of the award, thereby highlighting Cuba's commitment to scientific research.
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