Michiaki Takahashi

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Takahashi".

Michiaki Takahashi (高橋理明 Takahashi Michiaki?, 1928 – December 23, 2013) was a Japanese virologist, known for having attenuated the varicella-zoster virus to produce the Oka vaccine strain of live, attenuated varicella vaccine.

Life[edit]

Takahashi earned his MD in 1954 from Osaka University's Medical School, and completed in 1959 the Graduate Course of Medical Science, majoring in poxvirus virology.[1] Between 1963 and 1965 he studied at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, and at the Fels Research Institute of Temple University, in Pennsylvania.[2]

After retirement from Osaka University, he was given the title professor emeritus.

He died on December 23, 2013 from heart failure.[3]

Awards[edit]

Honors[edit]

There is a prize called in his honor: The Japanese Society for Vaccinology Takahashi Prize, founded in October 2005.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vaccine development". 
  2. ^ Artenstein, Andrew W., ed. (2010). Vaccines: A Biography. Springer. p. 267. 
  3. ^ "訃報:高橋理明さん85歳=大阪大名誉教授、ウイルス学" (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "高橋賞" (in Japanese). The Japanese Society for Vaccinology website. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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