The creation of Hiranuma Award was first suggested by International Liaisons Professor Hideo Aoki, just after the First Biennial Meeting ICPAC in Kaogshima, Japan (Nov, 3-4, 1994). He and other members wished eagerly the establishment of the award in order to promote the ICPAC activity among the Asian countries, by recognizing young prosthodontists and practitioners who have made outstanding contribution to the field.
Unfortunately, Professor Aoki had passed away on 27 th July 1995, seized with an award at the business meeting during the Second Biennial Meeting ICPAC in Yokusaka, Japan (Sept, 21-22, 1996). My proposal had been approved by the representatives of all Asian countries, and the First Hiranua Award was presented to one oral presentation and one
poster presentation during the Second ICPAC meeting.
The rule of the Hiranuma Award are as follows
Aim: Hiranuma Award shall be granted to young prosthodontists or practitioners to encourage excellence in the research work.
Award winner: The winner shall be the author of one oral presentation and the author of one poster presentation at the Biennial Congress of AAP. Each winner receives 50,000 Japanese yen.
Award criteria: the award shall be presented according to either one of the following
The research work that makes outstanding contribution in either academic, technological or clinical aspect of prosthodontics.
The presentation shows rich prospect with significance and clarity.
The Hiranuma Award committee consists of three AAP committee members who are appointed by the AAP President and Vice president. The committee will nominate two candidate for the oral presentation and other two candidates for the poster presentation.
One Award recipient for the oral presentatiojn and another award recipient for the poster presentation shall be selected from the candidates upon deliberation of the award committee, the AAP President and Vice president.