Bruce A. Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann and Ralph M. Steinman, 2011 Nobel Prize winners for Physiology or Medicine

By on Oct 3, 2011 in Europe, Health, Lifestyle Comments

Updated: October 4, 2011 7:10 p.m.

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The 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine went to three scientists, as announced on Monday, October 03, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, with half of the award was divided to the two of them.

As noted at NobelPrize.org that day, the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann, while the other half went to Ralph M. Steinman.

According to the Nobel Prize committee, Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann were honored for “their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity”.

Meanwhile, Ralph M. Steinman, the other half 2011 Nobel Prize winner, was honored for “his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity”.

It was immediately learned that Steinman passed away three days ago but the Nobel Prize committee noted that they only became aware about his loss after the announcement.

Apparently, the discoveries of the three Nobel Laureates were said to have revealed how the innate and adaptive phases of the immune response are being activated, thus provided novel insights into disease mechanisms.

Nevertheless, their work has notably opened up new opportunities for the development of prevention and therapy against, cancer, infections and inflammatory diseases.

Robert G. Edwards, known as the ‘the father of the test tube baby’ won the 2010 Nobel Prize, whose vitro fertilization in 1978 led to the birth of about 4 million babies.

Just like last year and every year since 1901, the 2011 Nobel Prize honors extraordinary people with great achievements in Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Economics and Peace.

The Nobel Prize committee will announce its winner for the achievement in Physics and in Chemistry on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced on Friday.



2011 Nobel Prize winners for Physiology or Medicine (L-R):
Bruce A. Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann and Ralph M. Steinman

Image Credit: NobelPrize.org


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