10th Tachibana Award winners announced (1 February 2018)

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Now in its tenth year, the Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers was established in 2008 to acknowledge the achievements of early-career women researchers at Kyoto University.

Winners of the 2018 Tachibana Award and Honorable Mention Award in both student and researcher categories have been announced as below.

1. About the Tachibana Award

The Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers honors excellent achievements by Kyoto University’s early-career women researchers. By publicly recognizing women who have produced outstanding work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Award aims to further motivate the awardees as well as others following in their footsteps, so as to contribute to the development of women scholars who will lead the future of academic research at Kyoto University and beyond.

2. 2018 selection process

There were 29 applications for this year, 14 in the student category and 15 in research. The 10-member committee, chaired by Dr Kayo Inaba, executive vice-president for gender equality, international affairs, and public relations, conducted a two-staged evaluation: first a paper-based review, followed by interviews. After careful consideration, awardees were selected as follows.

3. 2018 awardees

Tachibana Award

Student Category

Chie Morimoto, second-year PhD candidate, Graduate School of Medicine

"Development of a practical method for discerning kinship by comprehensive analysis of high-density single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)"

Researcher Category

Miho Ishii, associate professor, Institute for Research in Humanities

"Anthropological studies on religion, nature, and modernity in West Africa and in South India"

Honorable Mention

Student Category

Akiko Hanai, third-year PhD candidate, Graduate School of Medicine

"Development of non-pharmacological method to prevent side-effects of chemotherapy for cancer"

Researcher Category

Kanae Miyake, assistant professor, Kyoto University Hospital

"Diagnostic imaging for breast cancer: Functional diagnosis by positron-emission tomography (PET) and multimodality imaging"