2018 Nobel prize winners making a significant impact on medicine and patients’ lives

Despite healthcare executives who hesitate to invest in digital and other discoveries, the healthcare industry is still innovating and navigating a new future. 10 of this year’s Nobel prize winners have all performed work which significantly improved medical procedures and patients’ lives. In some cases, their work did not receive deserved recognition for decades.

Times are fortunately changing; modern medicine uses AI to enhance medical procedures, even to the inclusion of healthy emotions, since they help heal. The discoveries and actions of doctors and researchers honored this year are all in perfect tune with the spirit of Alfred Nobel, being done for the benefit of humankind.

According to the official announcement, the Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”

Being one of the of the world’s biggest health problems, cancer is taking 8.8 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. This year’s Nobel winners for medicine succeeded in stimulating the immune system’s own ability to attack cancerous cells.

All three winners of 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry have research which is useful in various areas of pharmacology and medicine.

In 1993, Frances H. Arnold, the recipient of half the prize, conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes which serve as catalysts in chemical reactions. Frances Arnold’s enzymes are now used to manufacture substances, such as pharmaceuticals, in a more environmentally friendly manner, as well as the production of renewable fuels for a greener transport sector.

George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter share the other half of the prize. In 1985, George Smith developed the phage display, in which a bacteriophage – a virus that infects bacteria – is used to create new proteins. In order to produce new pharmaceuticals, Gregory Winter used phage display for the directed evolution of antibodies.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to expose the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict, in hopes of ending such abuse.

Dr. Mukwege has helped victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo for almost all his adult life and Nadia Murad is a witness of abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Their goal was to expose wartime sexual violence, so that those responsible could be held accountable. They healed countless victims, and helped them reconstruct their lives, bringing relief and hope where there was previously none.

All the discoveries and efforts awarded Nobel Prizes are outstanding in every way. These winners all have in common one trait that makes them worthy of the prize, in the best spirit of Alfred Nobel – they were done for the greatest benefit to humankind.

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