TOKYO, March 28, 2005-- The UBE Foundation (Chairperson: Kazumasa Tsunemi) has selected four applicants who will receive a total of four million yen in research grants as part of The UBE Foundation's 2004 annual research grant program, which is currently in its 45th year. The successful awardees were selected out of a pool of 70 grant applications by the Foundation's selection committee on March 15, 2004. The committee is chaired by Professor Masanobu Hidai of the Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science.
The UBE Foundation carries on the tradition established by the Watanabe Memorial Science Foundation, which was originally created in 1959 under the direction of the first chairperson of Ube Industries, Ltd., in the interest of promoting science. The Watanabe Memorial Science Foundation was renamed The UBE Foundation in 1998 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ube Industries. The goal of The UBE Foundation is to promote scientific research in Japan, and to contribute to the advancement of science and culture through the support of research facilities and individuals involved in scientific research.
A formal presentation is scheduled for April 25, 2005 at the Ube Industries Building in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
|Yukio Tanizawa||Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University||46||Determination of Compensatory Rupture Mechanism for Insulin Resistance of Pancreatic B-Cell||1 million yen|
|Masahiro Murakami||Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University||48||Development of New Peptide Supported Carbene Complex Refrigerant||1 million yen|
|Naoyuki Harada||Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Yamaguchi University||41||Basic Research on Superconducting Rectifying Device Realized Using Micromachining Technology||1 million yen|
|Hidemasa Oh||Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Translational Research Center, Kyoto University Hospital||38||Establishment of Stem Cell Lines in the Human Heart for Myocardial Cell Regenerative Medicine||1 million yen|
The Watanabe Memorial Science Foundation changed its name to The UBE Foundation in March 1998. The Watanabe Memorial Award was created by the Foundation as a permanent memorial to its founder and his strong desire to promo-te medical science. Every year, an up-and-coming young medical researcher under the age of 40 is chosen to receive a research grant as part of the Award.