Scandinavia 2017

Shinya Yamanaka

6-7 September 2017

In September 2017, Professor Shinya Yamanaka visited Sweden and Norway as part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative, run in partnership with AstraZeneca. He described his motivations on his path from orthopaedic surgeon to Nobel Laureate in lectures and informal interactions with early-career scientists, and shared his advice for a productive scientific career. In panel discussions with fellow thought-leaders he explored the nature of discovery, and the implications of stem cell therapy for patients and society. The event took place at:

  • University of Oslo
  • University of Gothenburg
  • AstraZeneca Gothenburg

Since 2010, Nobel Media and AstraZeneca have together arranged Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative events on four continents, bringing Nobel Laureates into close contact with the global scientific community, especially with young scientists.

Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative

Laureate interview

Shinya Yamanaka is a runner, a father and the man who first created stem cells from normal body cells. A pioneer of biomedical research, he describes how he was determined to find success in the face of all else.

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© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Video highlights

Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka delivered the lecture 'A New Era of Medicine with iPS Cells' at the University of Oslo in September 2017.

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Shinya Yamanaka addresses the University of Oslo

Photo: Terje Heiestad

Shinya Yamanaka, Morten C. Moe, Birgit Skarstein​ and Anna Smajdor discuss the 'Implications of Stem Cell Therapy for Patients and Society'.

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Credit: Terje Heiestad

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