Allison and Tasuku Honjo Win 2018 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine

Cheryl Sanders
October 1, 2018

The researchers will share a prize of 9 million Swedish kronor (just over $1 million).

Allison, 70, conducted basic research on how the immune system - in particular, a cell called a T cell - fights infection. "He developed this concept into a new approach for treating patients", a statement said. A monoclonal antibody therapy he pioneered was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 to treat malignant melanoma, and spawned several related therapies now being used against lung, prostate and other cancers.

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The treatments, often referred to as "immune checkpoint therapy", have "fundamentally changed the outcome for certain groups of patients with advanced cancer", it added.

"Everybody wanted to do chemotherapy and radiation".

"I didn't set out to study cancer, but to understand the biology of T cells, these incredible cells that travel our bodies and work to protect us". "We submitted to Nature, and it was published; we got a lot of notoriety for that".

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Allison has dedicated his career developing strategies for cancer immunotherapy and now works at the MD Anderson cancer center in Houston.

The MD Anderson immunologist was featured in a 2015 report by KPRC2. From 1977-1984 he was a faculty member at University of Texas System Cancer Center, Smithville, Texas; from 1985-2004 at University of California, Berkeley and from 2004-2012 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. This attitude rubbed off on the team.

According to the Nobel Assembly, he realised the potential of releasing the brake and unleashing our immune cells to attack tumours.

"When Dana showed me the results, I was really surprised", Allison said. "The tumors went away". "A comment like that makes me happier than any prize", he said.

T cells are key immune system soldiers.

He primarily focused on a protein that operates somewhat like a brake in a motor vehicle.

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"Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity's greatest health challenges", the Nobel committee said on Twitter. The therapy was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2011 and approved by the FDA as ipilimumab (trade name Yervoy), which is now used to treat skin cancers that have metastasized or that can not be removed surgically. "We need more basic science research to do that". "There's no hospital, no patients". Over the next few years, they worked to discover how it acted as a brake on T cells. And in 2005, Honjo co-authored a paper describing the effect of PD-1 blockade on the spread of melanoma and colon cancer cells in mice.

The Nobel jury said that "for more than 100 years, scientists attempted to engage the immune system in the fight against cancer".

In 2016, after being treated with a drug inspired by Prof Honjo's research, he announced that he no longer needed treatment.

"Science advances on the efforts of many", Allison said.

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