Laureates of the Japan Prize


Janet D. Rowley, M.D.

2012 (28th) Japan Prize Laureate

Healthcare and Medical Technology
Development of a new therapeutic drug targeting cancer-specific molecules
Commemorative Lecture
Successful Approach Targeting Leukemic Cells
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: April 5, 1925
Academic Degrees:
1946 B.S. from the University of Chicago
1948 M.D. from the University of Chicago
Professional Career:
1969-1977 Research Associate (Assistant Professor),
Section of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine,
The University of Chicago
1977- Professor, Department of Medicine,
The University of Chicago
1984- Distinguished Service Professor,
Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago
Present The Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics, The University of Chicago
Major Publications:
  1. Rowley JD. A new consistent chromosomal abnormality in chronic myelogenous leukaemia identified by quinacrine fluorescence and Giemsa staining. Nature 243:290-293, 1973.
  2. Rowley JD. Chromosomal patterns in myelocytic leukemia. N Engl J Med 289:220-221, 1973
  3. Lindgren V, Rowley JD. Comparable complex rearrangements involving 8;21 and 9;22 translocations in leukaemia. Nature 266, 744-745, 1977

Major Honors:
  • Gairdner Foundation International Award (1996)
  • Lasker Award (1998)
  • National Medal of Science (1999)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
  • The Gruber Prize in Genetics (2009)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Cancer Research by AACR (2010)
  • Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize by American Society of Hematology (2011)
  • Member, the National Academy of Science (1984)
  • American Philosophical Society (1993)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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