Elly Tanaka receives the award for her pioneering work developing a molecular understanding of limb and spinal cord regeneration. She developed new methods to study the phenomenon, which had previously been considered too complex to understand at a cellular level. Through her work inside and outside the lab, Tanaka has galvanized regeneration research worldwide.
“It is a great honour to receive this recognition,” says Tanaka of receiving the award. “Working on this important problem and watching the regeneration field grow in size and activity during my career so far has been very exciting. I am proud to have played a part in its development and I look forward to seeing where it goes next.”
EMBO Member Ruth Lehmann of New York University, USA, says: “Throughout her career, Elly Tanaka has played an active role in organizing the regeneration community in Europe and internationally, and is in part responsible for a worldwide reawakening of interest in the problem of regeneration. In 2002 she co-founded with Brigitte Galliot the EMBO series ‘The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Regeneration and Tissue Repair’, which is still running today under the stewardship of young people in the field, many of whom were mentored and hosted for research visits in Elly’s laboratory.”