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Toshio Hirano (平野 俊夫, Hirano Toshio, born April 17, 1947 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese immunologist and academic, best known for his discovery of interleukin-6.[1][2] Since August 2011, he has served as the 17th President of Osaka University.

Toshio Hirano
Hirano in 2009
Born (1947-04-17) April 17, 1947 (age 77)
Nationality Japan
Alma materOsaka University
Known forDiscovery of interleukin-6 and its application in treating diseases
AwardsCrafoord Prize (2009)
Japan Prize (2011)
Scientific career
FieldsBioscience and Medical Science


  • 1972—graduated from Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University[2]
  • 1980—assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Kumamoto University[2]
  • 1984—assistant professor at Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University[2]
  • 1989—professor at the same university[2]
  • 2004—Dean of Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University[2]
  • 2008—Dean of Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University[2]
  • August 2011—the 17th president of Osaka University[3]

Honors and awards


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". University of Osaka. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g, the Japan Prize Foundation
  3. ^ "President's Profile—Osaka University". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2011-11-25., Osaka University president profile