At its 5th Asia Pacific Meeting held from May 9 – 12, 2014 in Tianjin, China, the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics bestowed its highest regional honors to two of its members.
The Asia Pacific Scientific Achievement Award was presented to Yasushi Yamazoe, Ph.D. Dr. Yamazoe is an Emeritus Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and is a Commissioner, Food Safety Commission, Cabinet Office, for the Government of Japan.
Dr. Yamazoe is a Past President of the Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (JSSX) and a past member of Council of ISSX in addition to having served the boards of many other scientific organizations. His nominators cited his major discoveries during his long scientific career in drug metabolism and his significant contributions to the study of the toxicity of drugs and chemicals. Said one nominator, “Dr. Yamazoe’s work has had a significant impact on the scientific community as well as the public at large through his achievements, his leadership, his knowledge of public health, and his encouragement of young scientists - especially from Asian countries.”
Also bestowed at the 5th Asia Pacific Meeting was the Asia Pacific New Investigator Award. This award was presented to Kazuya Maeda, Ph.D. Dr. Maeda is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacokinetics at the University of Tokyo.
Dr. Maeda trained at the Department of Biopharmaceutics at the University of Tokyo under Professor Yuichi Sugiyama. Dr. Maeda’s research has consistently focused on the quantitative evaluation of hepatic drug uptake and efflux transporters in the in vivo pharmacokinetics of substrate drugs. His nominators stated that his research has resulted in significant contributions to the better understanding of the importance of transporters in the liver in the pharmacokinetics of drugs by various approaches from in vitro experiments to human clinical studies.
Dr. Yamazoe and Dr. Maeda received their honors and delivered their award lectures in front of more than 500 attendees at the 5th Asia Pacific Meeting in Tianjin, China. ISSX congratulates both outstanding members of our Society for their achievements and celebrates their recognition as recipients of these prestigious awards.