Japanese Professor Yoshinori Osumi, who discovered the mechanism of autophagy, called the great honour of awarding him the Nobel prize for medicine for 2016 and admitted that he did not expect the award.
“It’s an honor, I didn’t expect this,” according to the RIA “Novosti”
According to the Secretary of the Nobel Committee Thomas Perlman, a Japanese scientist called before the official announcement of his name, the first reaction of the winner was a sigh and surprise.
“the First thing he said was “Ahhh”. I think he was surprised and pleased,” said Perlman reporters in Stockholm in connection with the representation of the name of the winner this year.
Earlier it was reported that the Nobel prize in medicine was awarded to a scientist from Japan, Yoshinori Osumi for the study of mechanisms of autophagy – the process of digestion of cellular debris.
In a press release, the Nobel Committee stated, “the winner of this year he discovered and described the mechanism of autophagy is a fundamental process of removing and disposing of the components of the cells”. Violations in the process of autophagy or purification of cells from the “garbage” can lead to the development of diseases such as cancer and neurological disease, therefore knowledge of the mechanism of self-purification of cells can lead to new and effective generation of drugs.
“it’s possible that soon we will be able to get drug that uses the properties of autophagy”, – said the Chairman of the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute rune Toftgard, commenting on the award.
the Winner this year is the sixth scientist from Japan, who won the award for medicine or physiology. The ceremony of awarding will be held traditionally on 10 December in Stockholm the day of the death of the founder of the Nobel prize – Swedish entrepreneur and inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896). The amount of each of the Nobel prizes in 2016 is 8 million Swedish kronor (932 thousands of U.S. dollars).