The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


Yoshinori Ohsumi

for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy

Press release in English (PDF)

Pressmeddelande på Svenska (PDF)

Advanced information in English (PDF)


The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be announced Monday October 3 at 11.30 at earliest, Nobel Forum, Nobels väg 1, 171 77 Stockholm.

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Karolinska Research Lecture – Michael J. Berridge

Research Lecture at Nobel Forum
Free admission

Date: 13 October, kl. 16.30

Speaker: Michael J. Berridge, The Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Title: “Inositol trisphosphate, calcium and Vitamin D signalling in health and disease”

Many cellular functions are regulated by calcium (Ca2+) signals that are generated by different signalling pathways. One of these is the inositol trisphosphate/calcium (InsP3/Ca2+) signalling pathway that operates through either primary or modulatory mechanisms. In its primary role, it generates the Ca2+ that acts directly to control many cellular processes. Its modulatory role occurs in excitable cells where it modulates the primary Ca2+ signal generated by the entry of Ca2+ through voltage-operated channels. In carrying out this modulatory role, the InsP3/Ca2+ signalling pathway induces subtle changes in the generation and function of the voltage-dependent primary Ca2+ signal. Changes in the nature of both the primary and modulatory roles of InsP3/Ca2+ signalling are a contributory factor responsible for the onset of many human pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Many of these diseases can be prevented by Vitamin D that acts to maintain Ca2+ homeostasis.

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