William C. Campbell Wins 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize For United States

Posted: Oct 5 2015, 4:57am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 5 2015, 5:26am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

William C. Campbell wins 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize for United States
Photo Credit: Drew University

A part of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine goes to Irish-born William C. Campbell in New Jersey, United States.

Today the Medicine Nobel Prize 2015 has been awarded in Sweden. One half of the 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize goes to American William C. Campbell and Japan's Satoshi Ōmura. The other half has been awarded to Youyou Tu from China.

Dr. William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura got half of the 2015 Medicine Nobel Prize for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. Ōmura and Campbell developed the drug avermectin, which fights parasites that cause elephantiasis and river blindness. Avermectin was modified later into a more effective substance called ivermectin.

The other half goes to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.

85-year-old Dr. William C. Campbell was born in 1930 in Ireland. He made his Ph.D. at the University in Wisconsin in 1957. He is currently a RISE Fellow (Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti) at Drew University in New Jersey. His research interests are Parasitology, chemotherapy of parasitic infections.

The photo of Dr. William C. Campbell we got so far is low resolution. We work on getting a better one.

It is not known if William C. Campbell is a citizen of the United States. So technically the Nobel Prize might not be counted for the United States. He is though working at a US University. More details will become available later today. We also expect reactions from Campell and the other winners later today.

Last year John O'Keefe took home half of a Medicine Nobel Prize to the United States. With the 2/3 the Americans James E. Rothman and Randy W. Schekman won in 2013, America has won more than one complete Medicine Nobel Prize.

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