Osaka University aims to become one of the world's top 10 research universities by our 100th anniversary in 2031. In order to promote academic initiatives aimed at making Osaka University an internationally competitive center of education and research, the university created the official title "Osaka University Distinguished Professor" in April 2013 and recognized individuals who played leading roles coupled with outstanding achievement. The university granted the title to 10 individuals in the 2013~14 academic year on July 1, 2013 and 2 individuals were announced at the beginning of the 2014~15 year on April 1, 2014. The selection committee, which included outside members, examined the achievements of individuals recommended by heads of educational research and education organizations and by OU vice presidents. Today the committee has announced its decision to grant the title to YOSHIMORI Tamotsu, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences on July 1, 2014, bring the number of recipients to 3 for the current academic year. In addition to the title of Osaka University Distinguished Professor, a Distinguished Professor Allowance is granted to each recipient in order to support their activities. The title and allowance are valid for a maximum of 3 years.
YOSHIMORI Tamotsu, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences Term: July 1, 2014 ~ June 30, 2017 Achievement: Research results in cell biology, especially autophagy
Osaka University Distinguished Professor eligibility requirements:
1. Individuals who have achieved outstanding recognition such as receiving one of these prizes: Order of Culture, Person of Cultural Merit, Japan Academy Prize, Japan Prize, Medal with Purple Ribbon, Kyoto Prize, and/or international prizes equivalent to the above. 2. Individuals who achieved some other type of outstanding achievement equivalent to the above.