Assistant Professor Kazuhide Asakawa, Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology won the 1st “SERIKA FUND” award established for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research.
This award is given to scientists who are expected for their innovative and developing research.
The fund is named after heroin of Japanese comic “Space Brothers” who lost her father suffering from ALS. In the story, the heroin Serika becomes an astronaut and succeeds gravity- free-space experiments to develop medicines for ALS treatments. It is hoped to make her wish come true in real life.