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Nobel Prize for parasite-fighting therapies

Updated måndag 5 oktober 2015 kl 12.04
Published måndag 5 oktober 2015 kl 11.33
Nobel Medicine Prize announcement 2015 from the Karolinska Institute
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Professor Urban Lendahl, head of the Nobel Committee at the Karolinska Institute, announces the winners of the 2015 Medicine Prize, Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT
Professor Urban Lendahl, head of the Nobel Committee at the Karolinska Institute, announces the winners of the 2015 Medicine Prize, Photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine went to William C. Campbell of Drew University in New Jersey in the United States and Satoshi Ōmura of Japan's Kitasato University for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites - and to Youyou Tu of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.

In its citation the Karolinska Institute writes of their work:

"These two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually. The consequences in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immeasurable."

They will share this year's prize of SEK 8 million (USD 960,000).

Medicine is the first of the Nobel prizes awarded this year.

The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel.

 

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