Celebrating Michael Houghton, 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

December 10, 2020
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Professor Bill Flanagan: I want to congratulate Dr. Michael Houghton on receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Paul Davidson: Your work is helping millions of people around the world, and together with your colleagues you’re making the world a better placea healthier place and that’s great news in 2020.

Dr. Donna Strickland:  The fact that your finding may one day lead to the eradication of Hep C is so exciting and speaks to the importance of supporting scientific research and its huge potential for good.

James Cumming: This is the first time in 97 years that an academic at a Canadian university has won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Houghton’s discovery of the hepatitis C virus has saved countless lives. His hepatitis C vaccine has now reached clinical trials and he’s joined the search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Professor Bill Flanagan: You and your team have done fantastic work with hepatitis C and I’m immensely proud of the work that you and your team have done at the University of Alberta.

Heather McPherson: Thanks to Dr. Houghton’s discovery, millions of people across the world are now able to receive treatment for Hep C and our blood supply is safer.

Dr. Arthur McDonald: Your work with viruses is a wonderful scientific contribution and a real benefit for humanity. Welcome to the quickly growing group of Nobel Laureates in Canada.

Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn: As I know Dr. Houghton would say, “In science and research, there’s no one eureka moment.” It’s taken the hard work and dedication of a number of team members and Dr. Michael Houghton himself to receive this prestigious award.

Dr. Geneviève Moineau: The AFMC and the Deans of Medicine in Canada are very proud to have a Nobel Laureate who is a Canada Excellence Research Chair recipient here in our country based at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Lorne Tyrrell: This has been a momentous occasion for the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, for the University of Alberta, for the province and for Canada. Congratulations Michael.

Rt. Hon. David Johnston: And that’s what this wonderful Nobel prize Michael has won serves, I think, to emphasize for all Canadians that we do believe in innovation, that we do believe that it’s a particular culture and that the idea of curiosity and action coming together will really help us make great steps forward.

Dr. Bill Flanagan: And it reminds me that amazing things are possible when we back brilliant ideas.

James Cumming: Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do.

Text on screen: [Congratulations Dr. Michael Houghton on receiving the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. www.univcan.ca. Universities Canada logo.]

Members of Canada’s university community celebrate and congratulate Dr. Michael Houghton, Director of the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute, on winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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