King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Professor Tadamitsu Kishimoto

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Topic: Biologic Therapeutics in Autoimmune Diseases


Nationality: Japan

Professor-Tadamitsu-KishimotoThe King Faisal International Prize for Medicine for this year 2017, Topic: (Biologic Therapeutics In Autoimmune Diseases), has been awarded to:
Professor Tadamitsu Kishimoto (Japan)
Professor, immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University and Emeritus professor,Osaka University, Japan
In recognition of his prominent role in developing a novel biologic therapy for autoimmune diseases.
Professor Kishimoto, through his work for more than 30 years, is responsible for discovering interleukin-6 (IL-6), its receptor and signaling pathways. He established the physiological function of the interleukin-6 (IL-6) pathway and its role in inflammatory/autoimmune diseases.
Subsequently, he developed an interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor-blocking antibody into a biological therapy, leading the clinical development of this therapy towards first approval for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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