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Masao Ito (伊藤 正男, Itō Masao, December 4, 1928 December 18, 2018) was a Japanese neuroscientist, and director of the Riken Brain Science Institute.[2]

Masao Itō
伊藤 正男

Masao Itō
Born (1928-12-04)December 4, 1928[1]

Died December 18, 2018(2018-12-18) (aged 90)
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Awards Japan Academy Prize (1986)
Japan Prize
Gruber Prize in Neuroscience
Scientific career
Fields Neuroscience

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Masao Ito was the main force behind Japanese neuroscience and its international recognition for many years. He was very active in the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) and went on to establish the Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) in an effort to join together East Asian neuroscientists and facilitate interactions without dependence on American/European influences. This organisation is still active and acts in concert with IBRO’s own Asia-Pacific Regional Committee which was set up in 1999. His roles in international scientific diplomacy, raising funds for neuroscience in the region and establishing the Riken Brain Science Institute were pivotal in promoting neuroscience throughout the East Asian countries.

He won the 2006 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience[3] and the 1996 Japan Prize.[4] He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1992.[5]

Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo with an M.D. in 1953 and a Ph.D. in 1959. He was a research fellow at Australian National University from 1959 to 1962. He taught at the University of Tokyo from 1963.[6]

Ito died on 18 December 2018 at the age of 90.[7]

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  2. “RIKEN Brain Science Institute”. RIKEN. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. “Author Information: Masao Ito”. Pearson Education, FT Press. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  4. “Laureates of the Japan Prize: The 1996 (12th) Japan Prize”. The Japan Prize Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  5. List of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1660 – 2007: A complete listing of all Fellows and Foreign Members since the foundation of the Society, A – J(PDF), The Royal Society, Library and Information Services, July 2007, retrieved 19 December 2012
  6. “MASAO ITO”. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Washington Office. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  7. Announcement of passing Dr. Masao Ito

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