University of Texas congratulates Director, Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa on his Breakthrough Prize
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) congratulated Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, Director of the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, the University of Tsukuba (WPI-IIIS), and serving as a Visiting Professor of UTSW from 2014, with a cover story in their “Center Times PULS” on the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
“This research has the potential to help the millions worldwide who suffer from debilitating sleep disorders,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern. Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D. and Joseph Goldstein, M.D., Professors of Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine, used to be mentors of Dr. Yanagisawa, spoke of the legacy of research excellence at UTSW that led to three Breakthrough Prizes.
Dr. Yanagisawa led his lab at UTSW from 1991 to 2014, and his discovery of orexin as a waking substance was reported in 1998-1999. The discovery was recognized by the Breakthrough Prize.
“I was so fortunate at UT Southwestern that I had very solid and secure research support, having continuous HHMI funding and the encouraging, friendly, but critical mentorship from Drs. Brown and Goldstein. That provided me with true psychological freedom to pursue science that I genuinely deem interesting and exciting without worrying too much about funding and position,” Dr. Yanagisawa said.
|Link to “Center Times PULS”