Max Cooper receives prestigious international honor

Longtime UAB faculty member Max Cooper is co-recipient of the 2018 Japan Prize in Medical Science and Medicinal Science.

max cooperUAB ArchivesMax Cooper, M.D., an internationally renowned immunologist who spent 41 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named a laureate of the 2018 Japan Prize.

Cooper, currently at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, along with Jacques Miller, Ph.D., professor emeritus at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, are being honored for deciphering the two types of lymphocyte lineages involved in adaptive immunity. Their work laid the conceptual groundwork for our understanding of nearly all fields touched by immunology.

The Japan Prize is awarded for original and outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind. Since its inception in 1985, the Japan Prize Foundation has awarded the Japan Prize to 91 laureates from 13 countries.

The Japan Prize Foundation will host an award ceremony April 18 in Tokyo. Each laureate will receive a certificate of recognition, a commemorative gold medal and a cash award.