14th Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers: winners and award ceremony announced

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UPDATE (2 March 2022) : The speaker for the closing remarks at the Awards Ceremony has been changed.

The Kyoto University Tachibana Award for Outstanding Women Researchers was established in 2008 to recognize exceptional achievements by the institution's early-career women researchers.

The University is pleased to announce that it has selected the winners of the 14th Tachibana Award and Honorable Mention Award and will hold a ceremony to celebrate their achievements on Thursday 3 March 2022, as detailed below.

1. About the Award

The Tachibana Award for the Most Outstanding Female Researcher was established in 2008 to acknowledge outstanding research achievements by early-career female researchers at Kyoto University.

By publicly acknowledging women who have made outstanding achievements in academic research regardless of the research field, the Tachibana Award aims to motivate not only the awardees themselves, but also others following in their footsteps. In this way, the award seeks to help foster the development of accomplished female scholars who will lead the future of academic research, both at Kyoto University and nationwide.

2. 14th Award selection process

There were a total of 24 applicants, 14 in the student category and 10 in the researcher category.

The winners were selected through a two-stage process by a committee comprised of nine members and chaired by Dr Kyoto Inagaki, Kyoto University's executive vice-president for gender equality, international affairs, public relations, and external affairs.

3. 14th Award winners

Tachibana Award

Student category

Tomoko NAKANISHI, 4th-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Medicine
"Genetic determinants of susceptibility and severity of respiratory diseases and their clinical implications"

Researcher category

Yukako ODA, Assistant Professor, Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences
"Discovery of anti-inflammatory physiological peptides that promote tissue-repair by reinforcing epithelial barrier formation"

Honorable Mention Award

Student category

Tamao MAEDA, 2nd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Science
"The study on a multilevel society of feral horses using drones"

Junna KAWASAKI, 3rd-year doctoral student, Graduate School of Biostudies
"Repurposing open data for virus hunting in infectious diseases research"

4. Award ceremony

The ceremony and research presentations by the Tachibana Award winners can be viewed live online by registering via the form below.

Date and time

Thursday 3 March 2022, 14:00–15:00


Online (Zoom webinar)




Use the following form:
Registration form to watch the award ceremony

Registration deadline

17:00 on Wednesday 2 March 2022


14:00–14:05 Opening speech
Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, Public Relations, and External Affairs
Kyoto University
14:05–14:15 Presentation of award certificates and Wacoal Prizes
14:15–14:25 Presidential address
Dr Nagahiro MINATO, Kyoto University President
14:25–14:35 Congratulatory speech by the distinguished guest
Director and Managing Corporate Officer
Wacoal Corporation
14:35–14:55 Research presentations by the Tachibana Award winners
  • Student category: Tomoko NAKANISHI
  • Researcher category: Yukako ODA
14:55–15:00 Closing speech
Executive Vice-President for Strategy Coordination, Planning, Student Affairs, and Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
Kyoto University

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