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Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy

Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy

From Serendipity to Cure

Honjo Tasuku
Translated by Andrew Gonzalez

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Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-176-7 (Hardcover) | 168 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

Cancer immunotherapy with anti-PD-1 antibodies has fundamentally changed the way we think about cancer treatment. As Honjo Tasuku traces the arc of his research from a chance discovery to the development of a revolutionary therapy, he engages in a wide ranging discussion of the marvels of biological phenomena, the thrill of life science’s explorations of the unknown, the nature of life itself, and the future of Japanese healthcare. In the preface to the English edition, Dr. Honjo shares his thoughts about how we should grapple with life in the time of COVID-19 and offers a message to the next generation. Included at the end of the book is the transcript of Dr. Honjo’s Nobel Prize banquet speech.

About the Author

HONJO Tasuku

Dr. Honjo Tasuku was born in Kyoto in 1942. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, and completing his doctorate at the university’s Graduate School of Medicine, he went on to positions such as fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington; visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the United States; assistant professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo; professor of the Faculty of Medicine at both Osaka University and Kyoto University. He currently serves as deputy director-general and distinguished professor of the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study as well as director of the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy and Immunobiology at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Honjo is a winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Selected works:
Kofukukan ni kansuru Seibutsugakuteki Zuiso [Biological
Reflections on Happiness].
Shodensha, 2020.

Genomu ga Kataru Seimeizo: Gendaijin no tame no Saishin Seimei Kagaku Nyumon [The Image of Life as Told by the Genome: A New Introduction to Life Science for Today].
Kodansha, 2013.

Men’eki to Ketsueki no Kagaku (Iwanami Koza Gendai Igaku no Kiso 8) [The Science of Immunity and Blood, volume 8. Iwanami Courses: Principles of Current Medicine], joint editor.
Iwanami Shoten, 1999.

Seimeitai no Mamorikata (Iwanami Koza Bunshi Seibutsugaku 11) [How Organisms Defend Themselves, volume 11. Iwanami Courses: Molecular Biology], editor.
Iwanami Shoten, 1991.




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