Toshio Hirano

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Toshio Hirano
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Hirano in 2009
Born (1947-04-17) April 17, 1947 (age 73)
Nationality Japan
Alma materOsaka University
Known forDiscovery of interleukin-6 and its application in treating diseases
AwardsCrafoord Prize (2009)
Japan Prize (2011)
Scientific career
FieldsBioscience and Medical Science

Toshio Hirano (平野 俊夫, Hirano Toshio, born April 17, 1947 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese immunologist and academic, best known for his discovery of interleukin-6.[1][2] Since August 2011, he has served as the 17th President of Osaka University.


  • 1972 - graduated from Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University[2]
  • 1980 - assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Kumamoto University[2]
  • 1984 - assistant professor at Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University[2]
  • 1989 - professor at the same university[2]
  • 2004 - Dean of Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University[2]
  • 2008 - Dean of Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University[2]
  • August 2011 - the 17th president of Osaka University[3]

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". University of Osaka. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g, the Japan Prize Foundation
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2011-11-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Osaka University president profile