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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – Press release

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Press release


The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

has today decided to award

the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

jointly to

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo

for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation


Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer therapy.

James P. Allison studied a known protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realized the potential of releasing the brake and thereby unleashing our immune cells to attack tumors. He then developed this concept into a brand new approach for treating patients.

In parallel, Tasuku Honjo discovered a protein on immune cells and, after careful exploration

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