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STEM CELLS® AND INVITROGEN PRESENT THE 2nd ANNUAL STEM CELLS®
YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD

Awardee named at International Society for Stem Cell Research Meeting

Cairns, Australia, June 15, 2007 – The senior editors of the journal STEM CELLS today announced Noatsugu Haraguchi, MD, PhD, from Kyushu University in Japan, as the winner of the 2nd Annual STEM CELLS Young Investigator Award, sponsored by Invitrogen. The $10,000 award is given to a scientist age 40 or younger who is the principal author of the qualifying STEM CELLS paper from the past year judged to be most important by the editorial panel.

The journal published Dr. Haraguchi’s landmark paper, “Characterization of a Side Population of Cancer Cells from Human Gastrointestinal System,” in their March 2006 issue. The paper is the first known report demonstrating the existence of cancer side population (SP) cells in gastrointestinal cancers.

The article is available online at AbstractReferences | Full Text:   HTML,   PDF (Size: 758K).

“Members of our editorial board reviewed many outstanding manuscripts and Dr. Haraguchi’s groundbreaking paper was most deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Curt I. Civin, Editor-in-Chief. “We are grateful for Invitrogen’s support which enables the journal to further stimulate the field in this way.”

The second annual award will be presented June 20th at 10:45am, at STEM CELLS booth #69, at the 5th Annual ISSCR, 2007, in Cairns, Australia. This is the second consecutive year Invitrogen Corporation is supporting the Young Investigator Award with a $10,000 unrestricted education grant.

“Invitrogen is committed to empowering scientists in all areas of the life sciences, especially those programs that recognize the vital contributions of today’s young stem cell researchers,” said Dr. Mahendra Rao, Invitrogen’s Vice President, Research, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. “We are pleased to be honoring the exceptional work of Dr. Haraguchi and to be sponsoring this award with STEM CELLS, one of the field’s most outstanding journals."