The Burnham Institute Release: United States Scientist Honored With Japan's Highest Award For Global Contributions To Science And Technology 
10/19/2005 5:13:08 PM

TOKYO & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2005--The Japan Prize, recognized in Japan as the highest honor a scientist can attain, will be awarded tomorrow, April 20, in Tokyo by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan to three individuals, marking the culmination of a week-long celebration of innovation in science and technology called Japan Prize Week. Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D., distinguished professor of San Diego's The Burnham Institute, is one of three individuals to be honored with the award this year, the only American to be recognized, and the first native of Finland to win the prize. "The Japan Prize is an international prize awarded to scientists and technologists who have made original and outstanding achievements in their fields and have contributed to the peace and prosperity of mankind," said Consul Yoshiyuki Isoda of the Consulate General of Japan. "Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti made important and fundamental contributions in cell biology by elucidating molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion."