We are glad to announce that Dr. Masamitsu Iino, UTokyo Professor Emeritus (also UTokyo Senior Professor and Special Advisor to the Director of WPI-IRCN) received the 2024 Spring Decoration of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. This is awarded to those who have been engaged in public service for a long period of time and have made outstanding achievements.

Dr. Masamitsu Iino is Special Advisor to the Director, IRCN, The University of Tokyo. He graduated from Tohoku University, School of Medicine in 1976, and obtained his PhD in 1980. After two years of postdoctoral study at University College London, he moved to Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo in 1984, and was promoted to professor in 1995. He also served as Vice Dean as well as Director of Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine during his appointment. He has been studying the mechanism of intracellular Ca2+ signaling, which is one of the most important biosignals regulating a vast array of cell functions. After his retirement from the Graduate School of Medicine, he became Project Professor at Nihon University School of Medicine in 2016. He then took the present position in 2021. Outside The University of Tokyo, he served as the Vice President of The Japanese Association of Medical Sciences.

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