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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Rafu Shimpo | Gwen Muranaka

Here at The Rafu, I always hoped that one day we would receive word that Dr. Paul Terasaki, who passed away on Jan. 25, had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I am not sure if Dr. Terasaki, typically Nisei in his humility, ever sought out such recognition, but it seemed that his advancements in tissue typing have had the sort of lasting impact on the field of medicine that would justify a trip to Stockholm.

Terasaki’s research into organ transplant tissue typing has saved lives and improved the quality of life for many.

At the opening of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building at UCLA back in 2010, some folks who had received organ transplants were among those in attendance and Terasaki clearly took pleasure in pointing them out. I got a chance to talk one of them, Ronald Doizaki, who had received a kidney transplant decades earlier, and Doizaki said simply, “Without him, I wouldn’t be here.” Continue reading


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