Announcement of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1:50 They are closing now, It was difficult to the journalists to make questions but most of them were focused in the clinical application and usufulness. For me is interesting when they talk about spasticity and on botulism as I worked with a product based on botulinum toxin some years ago. i need to understand more on this.

11:42 It is nice to understand everything. Let’s see if I read the papers I understand the same. But I am thankful today of my and Biology and Physiology teachers in Colombia and my bioinformatics ones in Uppsala

I am wondering how the not specilized ournalist chose what to include in their news but they are the way how the world will know about this.

11:35: They explain cell  physisology to journalists. Very basic and clear

11.30 The award was announced:

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 was awarded jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.

11:28 Live webcast

11:23 Everything is ready. But, how long did it take to be here and how much time is pending?

The room is becoming silent, everyone is expectant.

11:20 Who selects the Nobel Prize winner? Let’s know about the Noble Assembly


11:11 In the meanwhile we can read and learn. What motivated Alfred Nobel to specify a prize in physiology or medicine? Was it because of his own health problems or was he genuinely interested in scientific problems in these areas?

11:08 They asked us to leave the room a couple of minutes. A test or a rehearsal will be done

11:06 Now I am in my place, the journalist are setting al their equipment and notepads. The staff is verifying that the microphones and all the staff works propperly. Cameramen are taking shots to be used as complement of the news on thir media

The meeting to make the decission started at 9. Maybe there is alrady a Nobel Award. Let’s wait some minutes to the formal announcment


11:00 15 Questions and Answers about the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

10:50 You see the rocky ground in Stockholm and understand why dynamite was invented in Sweden.

Learn about the life of Alfred Nobel in the Nobel Prize web site:

And this interesting summary by the Huffington Post and recommended by @Nobelprize_org:

10:37 I was wondering why the Nobel Prizes are so important. When did they became so prestigious and if, sometime in the future, there will be new prizes replacing them in fame and importance to these ones.

Will there be, for instance, a Gates (Bill and Melinda) Prize? It won’t have the King or Queen of Sweden in its awarding ceremony 🙂

10:30 AM: This post will be updated regularly during the next 2 hours and it will talk about the annoucement and some other information on Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prizes, The Nobel in Medicine, the Nobel Assembly and some other topics.

Sometimes I will post my feelings on this process, nothing scientific as I am not prepared to do that and because there are experts which discussions are worth to read.

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