Nobel prize in physiology or medicine goes to... autophagy!

Nobel prize in physiology or medicine goes to… autophagy!


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“Yoshinori Ohsumi – Photo Gallery”. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 16 Oct 2016. <>]

The Autophagy UK Network is pleased to express its sincere congratulations to Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries in Autophagy. Among his main achievements, Professor Ohsumi identified the first genes essential for autophagy and opened research avenues to understanding the fundamental aspects of the process and its importance in many physiological and pathological contexts.

A comment from Nicholas T Ktistakis (Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK):

“The award to Professor Ohsumi is a fantastic recognition for an elegant body of work that set the stage for many subsequent discoveries in autophagy. Unlike some cases where the Nobel Prize signifies the maturation and decline of a field, it is probably safe to predict that autophagy as it relates to pathophysiological conditions will continue to flourish for many years to come. In addition to his excellent scientific contributions two other actions must be recognised for Professor Ohsumi. First, he trained a large number of excellent Japanese scientists who have made important contributions on their own, and in this sense it can be said that Professor Ohsumi started a field and a school of science. At the same time, the humble and down-to-earth personality of Professor Ohsumi has had a positive influence on the zeitgeist of early autophagy and it has contributed to the collegial atmosphere that is evident among the scientists that work in the field.”

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