We boast what starts here changes the world, and alumni like James Allison, B.A. ’69, Ph.D. ’73, prove that statement is more than a tagline.
Allison, a world-renowned pioneer of cancer immunotherapy, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine this week. His work has saved thousands of lives and changed the way we fight cancer.
“I’m very proud to congratulate UT Distinguished Alumnus Jim Allison on receiving the Nobel Prize in medicine,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “Jim’s research on new ways to fight cancer has saved countless lives and turned once untreatable diagnoses into ones that are now treatable and beatable. He’s provided hope to many patients and their families. His work has been heroic and he richly deserves the Nobel Prize.”
For his truly world-changing research, @UTAustin Distinguished Alumnus Jim Allison received the Nobel Prize in medicine. His work on new ways to fight cancer has been heroic and given hope to countless patients: https://t.co/4Y7VdKoVaW
— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) October 1, 2018
2018 #NobelPrize laureate James P. Allison studied a protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realised the potential of releasing the brake and unleashing our immune cells to attack tumours. He developed this concept into a new approach for treating patients. pic.twitter.com/MWYS3DnD8n
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 1, 2018
— MD Anderson Cancer Center (@MDAndersonNews) October 1, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) October 1, 2018
The Iconoclast https://t.co/2heBuxVKW1
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 2, 2018
Fun fact: Before he won the #NobelPrize, James Allison said playing harmonica on stage with @WillieNelson was a “top five” moment of his life.
Maybe time to update that list?https://t.co/az6D0Y3ojt pic.twitter.com/6pOYDaRA7m
— NaturalSciences @ UT (@TexasScience) October 1, 2018