James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo win the 2018 Nobel Prize

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo

Stockholm, Oct 1 : James P. Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their pioneering work in the fight against cancer.

2018 Nobel Prize laureate James P. Allison studied a protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realised the potential of releasing the brake and unleashing our immune cells to attack tumours. He developed this concept into a new approach for treating patients.

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet recognised the pair “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”,.

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