Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted and honored to share the news that Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, Gladstone senior investigator and UCSF professor of anatomy, has been named to receive the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares the prize with John B. Gurdon, Kt, DPhil DSc, FRS, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, England.

This award acknowledges the scientists’ work in cellular reprogramming. Shinya made the stunning discovery that changing the expression of a few carefully selected genes can convert adult cells, such as those of the skin, into induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, capable of developing into any cell in the human body.

Shinya’s discovery has altered the fields of cell biology and stem cell research, opening promising new prospects for the future of both personalized and regenerative medicine.

For more information about Shinya and his Nobel-winning work, please visit the UCSF and Gladstone websites, and join us in congratulating Shinya on this well-deserved prize.


Sue and Sandy 

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Arthur and  Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

R. Sanders Williams, MD
Gladstone Institutes