Hokkaido University’s Akira Kakugo receives prestigious HSFP Program Award 2021 Research Grant

University News | April 12, 2021

An international team including Associate Professor Akira Kakugo has been selected as one of 28 recipients of the HFSP Awards 2021.

Associate Professor Akira Kakugo of the Graduate School of Science.

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences.

The project Structural damage to axons resulting from repetitive mechanical motion — which is led by Henry Hess (Columbia University, USA), Akira Kakugo (Hokkaido University, Japan), Vittoria Raffa (Università di Pisa, Italy) and Orit Shefi (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) — was one of 21 Program Grants selected by the HFSPO Board of Trustees. The HSFP Awards 2021, announced on April 6, 2021, are research grants that provide three years of financial support to international teams involving at least two countries. Twenty-eight projects were selected this year out of 709 applications, with seven Early Career Grants and 21 Program Grants.

Henry Hess (left), Akira Kakugo (center left), Vittoria Raffa (center right) and Orit Shefi (right).

The project will seek to address unresolved questions in the field of mechanobiology, such as how nerve cells repair damage and maintain function over a long period of time. The project aims to provide a new understanding of how cells self-regulate over different time scales.


Associate Professor Akira Kakugo

Faculty of Science

Hokkaido University

Tel: +81-11-706-3474

Email: kakugo[at]sci.hokudai.ac.jp

The original announcement may be seen here.

Written by Sohail Keegan Pinto