First Australian elected to Japanese Academy of Science

March 25, 2013

The Australian Academy of Science President and distinguished cancer researcher Professor Suzanne Cory has become the first Australian to be admitted to the Japanese Academy.

Professor Cory is currently visiting Japan to formally be admitted as one of only 27 Honorary Members. The Japanese Academy acknowledged Professor Cory’s work, stating: “[Professor Cory’s] devotion to encourage young researchers of the world and Japan has been highly significant and enlightening”.

“I am proud to be the first Honorary Member representing Australia amongst a very special group of scientist from all around the world,” Professor Cory said.

Professor Cory, who is in Japan from 16-27 March, has met with the Japanese Academy of Science President, Dr Masaaki Kubo, and other senior members of the Japanese Academy, to discuss bilateral relationships.

Professor Cory has also met with senior science and diplomatic officials at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

She is giving lectures at the University of Tokyo Medical School, the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine/Biostudies and Osaka University.

The Australian Academy of Science has built collaborative relationships with scientists in Japan over many years, including through a joint exchange program with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and a program of postdoctoral and invitation fellowships for Australian researchers to work in Japanese research institutions.

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