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Congratulations to Prof. Harald Zur Hausen, M.D., Prince Mahidol Awardee 2005, in Receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008

 

 

 


Announcements of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was held on the Oct. 6, 2008 at Karolinska Institutet. Half of the award goes to Prof. Harald Zur Hausen, M.D., from German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany and the winner of the 2005 Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health.

Prof. Zur Hausen plays an important role in the study of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the third most commonly found cancer in women. Approximately 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, and 80% are among those in the developing country.

Prof. Zur Hausen became interested in studying the human papilloma virus (HPV) since 1970s. In 1976, he postulated a role for HPV in cervical cancer. In 1983, he found novel HPV-DNA in cervix cancer biopsies, and thus discovered the new, tumourigenic HPV16. He then showed that HPV16 and HPV18 are the cause of the cervical cancer

The discovery by Prof. Zur Hausen led to an understanding of mechanisms for papilloma virus-induced carcinogenesis. His findings led to prevention and development of vaccines against HPV. The vaccines will reduce the need for surgery, the global burden of cervical caner, and the fatality rate from this disease.

Prof. Zur Hausen received the Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health in 2005 for the discovery of HPV. He is also currently an advisor to the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).

It is an honor that Prof. Zur Hausen, recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award in 2005 for the same discovery, will once again, be applauded and recognized for his achievement in receiving the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. On behalf of the Mahidol University, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Harald Zur Hausen, M.D.


Reference:
1) http://www.princemahidolaward.org/laureate-bio.en.php?type=ind&id=2006-11-22%2017:27:03

2) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2008/press.html

 

Post Date : October 10, 2008

     
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