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Keystone Symposia Congratulates Board Member Anthony (Tony) Pawson on Winning the Kyoto Prize

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado - June 25, 2008 - Keystone Symposia congratulates Dr. Anthony (Tony) Pawson on his recent win of the Kyoto Prize, the prestigious Japanese award that rivals Sweden’s Nobel Prize in international prestige. Pawson won the “Basic Sciences” award for his pioneering work on intracellular signal transduction, which has significantly advanced our understanding of cancer and other diseases in areas which include endocrinology, immunology, cardiovascular research, neurobiology and hematology. In particular, Pawson’s discoveries have led to the development of new drugs which successfully stop the proliferation of certain types of cancer cells.

Pawson has been a valued member of the Keystone Symposia Board of Directors since 2007, as well as a member of its Scientific Advisory Board since 2006. Both bodies meet semi-annually. In fact, Pawson was attending the June Board of Directors meeting of Keystone Symposia in Keystone, Colorado when the award was announced on June 20. He has been involved with the organization as a speaker, three-time meeting co-organizer, and attendee since 1978, when he delivered a presentation at a conference on “Persistent Viruses."

The Kyoto Prize is given by the Inamori Foundation, which was established in 1984 by the founder of Kyocera to recognize achievements in “the scientific, cultural and spiritual development of humanity.” The award honors both notable achievements and the personal characteristics that have shaped those achievements. Pawson shares the 2008 honor with two other winners in the categories of “Advanced Technology” and “Arts and Philosophy,” respectively.

A native of the United Kingdom, Pawson is currently a senior investigator at the Samuel Lunefeld Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and a professor at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge and his Doctorate degree from King’s College London.

Please click here to read the press release issued by the Inamori Foundation.