A discovery in the bodily system relating to diabetes and neurological conditions was recognized as a Nobel Prize winning.
Three scientists who were recognized for their work in this field were James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof – who did not actually work directly together on the research.
The announcement of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was streamed on the official website, YouTube, Google+ and Twitter, live from Stockholm.
They were able to prove how substances in our body, for example, insulin, are able to move around our body to get to the right place at the right time. Disturbances in this system can lead to problems such as diabetes.
It is not the first time that James Rothman has shared prizes with Randy Schekman and Thomas Südhof – in 2002 Rothman and Shekman won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and in 2010 he won the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience with Südhof.
This particular Nobel Prize has been a shared award in the past half century, with 113 winners between 1951 and 200, compared to only 59 in the first half.
Göran K. Hansson, the secretary of the Nobel committee said:
“The award goes for discovery, therefore you must be a discoverer. Apart from that, there are no limitations. You can work anywhere and you need not have any particular academic degree. It is by far the most prestigious prize for medical research. And I think it will remain so for the foreseeable future.”
Prizes will also be awarded in physics, chemistry, literature, economic sciences and of course the Nobel Peace Prize.