M.D. Anderson’s Dr. James Allison Awarded Nobel Prize

Houston can call one of its top physicians a Nobel Prize winner. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Dr. James P. Allison won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his breakthrough cancer research this week, the New York Times reports.

Allison, 70, worked toward aiding the immune system’s ability to attack cancer by suppressing the proteins that resist the immune’s system’s ability to fight cancer cells.

Normally, cancer treatment involves three plans of attack: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But the Nobel committee at the Karolinska Institute called Allison’s immune system treatment “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy,” according to the Times.

Allison is chairman of immunology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and completed research at University of California at Berkeley and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for his Nobel-winning research.

To find out about cutting-edge cancer research happening right here in North Texas, join D CEO for a panel discussion with Dr. Steven Paulson, President, Texas Oncology; Dr. Carlos Arteaga, Director, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern; Melissa Threlkeld, Regional VP of Oncology Services, Medical City Healthcare; and Dr. Ted Laetsch, Director of Experimental Therapeutics Program, Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health on Thursday, Oct. 18. You can find more info here.

Learn more about Allison’s research here.