The Wolf Foundation community congratulates
the 2017 Wolf Prize Laureate in Medicine – Professor James Allison
for winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Prof. Allison from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas
won both prizes for For Sparking a revolution in cancer therapy through (his) discovery of immune checkpoint blockade. Prof. Allison is one of the founders of the field of “immunotherapy” of cancer treatment , which harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells – amounted to a landmark in our fight against cancer.
Prof. Allison studied the protein that protects cancer cells from attack by white blood cells and understood the potential of neutralizing that protein. He developed his findings into a new approach of cancer treatment, known as immune checkpoint theory, which fundamentally changed the way we view how cancer can be managed and has already saved many lives of many cancer patients.
The Wolf Foundation congratulates Professor Allison for his achievements
and for the pioneering and influential work, and is proud to continue recognizing ground-breaking scientists and artists around the world.