2015 Nobel Prize Recipient Youyou Tu
- Published: Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:06
Youyou Tu from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China was awarded the The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2015 for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.
A number of serious infectious diseases are caused by parasites spread by insects. Malaria is caused by a single-cell parasite that causes severe fever.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses sweet wormwood to treat fever. In the 1970s, after studies of traditional herbal medicines, Youyou Tu managed to extract a substance, artemisinin, which inhibits the malaria parasite.
Drugs based on artemisinin have led to the survival and improved health of millions of people.
Click here to listen to her Nobel Lecture.