Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi to be awarded with 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm has announced this year’s Nobel Prize winner in the field of medicine. Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology was awarded the prestigious prize for his groundbreaking research in the field of autophagy.
The excited winner, Professor Ohsumi Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Monday), the Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm, Sweden announced that the medicine prize is being awarded to Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi, who is a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Ohsumi is receiving the prestigious award for his discoveries in autophagy, which is the process by which a cell recycles part of its own contents.

Ohsumi’s research began in the 1990s and was considered groundbreaking at the time. His revolutionary research has bettered modern medicine’s understanding of the process of cell destruction that leads to a wide variety of diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.

“Over the past few years, I have unexpectedly received many prizes. But the honor in receiving a Nobel Prize does not compare with the others,” the professor said at a press conference after receiving the exciting news. “When I was a child, a Nobel Prize seemed like a dream. But after I began my research, it seemed achievable.”

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