Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman were jointly awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries regarding nucleoside base modifications that facilitated the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.
Thomas Perlmann, the committee secretary for medicine, presented the award.
The 2023 #NobelPrize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/Y62uJDlNMj
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 2, 2023
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is widely regarded as one of the most esteemed accolades in the field. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was instituted through the testamentary bequest of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist renowned for his invention of dynamite. Its purpose is to recognize those who have made exceptional advancements in the realm of medical science.
Emil von Behring was given the inaugural Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1901 in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to serum therapy for the treatment of diphtheria. The contributions made by Behring have provided the fundamental basis for the advancement of vaccines and immunotherapy.
Frederick Banting, widely recognized for his groundbreaking discovery of insulin, is notable for being the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine at the remarkably early age of 32. The individual’s pioneering contributions in the domain of diabetes management have significantly enhanced the quality of life for a vast number of individuals afflicted with this autoimmune disorder.
Svante Pääbo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2022 for his significant contributions to the field of genomics pertaining to extinct hominins and the study of human evolution.