Riyadh: Tadamitsu Kishimoto, Professor of Immunology at Frontier Research Center in Osaka University of Japan, on Tuesday conferred with the prestigious King Faisal International Prize 2017 (KFIP 2017) for his groundbreaking work in the field of medicine especially Biologic Therapeutics in autoimmune diseases.
The renowned Japanese immunologist is also known for research on IgM and cytokines, most famously, interleukin 6. He did postdoctoral work under Kimishige Ishizaka, the discoverer of IgE at Johns Hopkins University. He is listed by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as a highly cited biologist and he is also in the top ten of h-index of living biologists.
The King Faisal International Prize 2017 (KFIP 2017) for science was shared by Daniel Loss, professor of physics at Basel University of Switzerland, and by Dutch Professor Laurens Molenkamp of Wurzburg University of Germany.
The King Faisal International Prize 2017 (KFIP 2017) for Arabic language and literature was awarded to the Arabic Language Academy of Jordan for its efforts to transfer science and technology via translation, Arabize technical terms, publish specialized glossaries and make Arabic a language of instruction. The award was received by Dr. Khaled Al-Kirki, head of the academy.
The King Faisal International Prize 2017 (KFIP 2017) for Islamic studies was awarded to Ridwan Al-Sayyid, a professor at the University of Lebanon, for his research and studies of Arabic Islamic jurisprudential and political heritage.
The 39th edition of the King Faisal Prize was awarded in five categories of service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science. Each category prize consists of a certificate, a commemorative 24-carat gold medal and SR750,000 ($199,987).
All the awards were conferred on the winners by King Salman who himself was handed over King Faisal International Prize 2017 (KFIP 2017) for Service to Islam.
King Salman was chosen for the prestigious prize in recognition of his commitment to serve the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors and pilgrims, his care and support for the Prophet’s biography in general and the project of Historical Atlas for the Prophet’s biography in particular, his contributions in creating the Islamic Military Alliance to Combat Terror, as well as in establishing the King Abdulaziz Complex for Endowment Libraries in Madinah for archiving the Arab and Islamic legacy and King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works, in addition to his strenuous and constant endeavor to unite the positions of Arabs and Muslims to confront the difficult conditions facing the Arab and Islamic nations, according to Saudi Gazette.