Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015

This year’s Nobel Prize is awarded to three scientists for their discovery of novel therapies against infections caused by parasites.

One half of the prize goes to Youyou Tu for the discovery of artemisinin, used to treat malaria. The other half is shared by William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for the discovery of Avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to fight river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

More details in the press release.