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An unveiling ceremony was held for a monument commemorating the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine awarded to Professor Emeritus Yoshinori Osumi of the National Institute for Basic Biology

A monument commemorating the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine of Professor Emeritus Yoshinori Osumi was constucted at NIBB, and was unveiled on October 27, 2017. The unveiling ceremony of the monument was held with Professor Osumi in attendance.


This monument was made with  "a yeast cell’s autophagy" motif. It was designed based on an "electron microscopic image of yeast cells using the freeze replica method" which was the definitive proof of the autophagy phenomenon. The monument was constructed by the Okazaki Masonry Estate Cooperative Association. The monument’s main body was crafted from natural “datekanmuri” stone from Miyagi prefecture, which is similar to the shape of yeast, and the pedestal was made from locally sourced granite from Aichi prefecture.


The establishment of the monument was realized through contributions by volunteers (236 people + 1 group) including research fellows and local citizens.