Omani scholar part of Ja­panese team that won No­bel Prize for Medicine this year

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - Omani scholar Muna bint Mo­hammed bin Ahmed al Hab­siya has con­firmed that she is part of the team that has won the No­bel Prize in Phys­i­ol­ogy or Medicine this year.

The No­bel Prize was awarded to Pro­fes­sor Ta­suku Honjo of Ja­pan and US re­searcher James P Al­li­son in recog­ni­tion for their dis­cov­ery of can­cer ther­apy by in­hi­bi­tion of neg­a­tive im­mune reg­u­la­tion.

The two re­searchers were work­ing on dif­fer­ent projects. Prof Honjo was work­ing on the abil­ity of the im­mu­nity cells to pro­duce an­tibi­otics - a cer­tain type of pro­tein and Alis­son was work­ing on can­cer, the stages of de­vel­op­ment and im­prov­ing the treat­ment.

“I was fol­low­ing the ef­forts made by Prof Honjo and his sci­en­tific re­search team. He re­viewed my CV and then com­mu­ni­cated with me to join his re­search team which was work­ing on two re­searches,” said Muna.

“The re­search is re­lated to treat­ing can­cer by ac­ti­vat­ing the im­mu­nity sys­tem with­out any side-ef­fect on pa­tients. The treat­ment will en­hance the im­mu­nity sys­tem and elim­i­nate can­cer,” she added.

Muna bint Mo­hammed bin Ahmed al Hab­siya

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