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Autophagy - cellular recycling system essential for life, Nobel Prize Lecture, Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi

14/10/2021 (09:00-10:10)
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Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi ( was born in 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan. He studied at the University of Tokyo where he obtained his PhD degree in 1974. Subsequently he carried out postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York. He returned back to work at the University of Tokyo where he started his research on understanding how cell components are degraded and recycled. He moved to the National Institute for Basic Biology in Okazaki in 1996. Currently he is based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. One of his scientific collaborators is his wife Mariko Ohsumi .

Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi's was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine ( for his ground breaking research on autophagy, a process where cells degrade and recycle their components. This discovery laid the foundation for better understanding of many disease processes including cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, immunological disease and neurological diseases. Many of the health benefits of intermittent fasting, one of the most popular diet trends worldwide, have been attributed to autophagy.

Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi will be the fifth Nobel Prize winner to present a lecture at De Montfort University as part of a distinguished lecture series. After an introduction by Professor Deborah Cartmell, the lecture will be chaired by Professor Parvez Haris who initiated this series of lectures with the first lecture delivered by Sir Paul Nurse in December 2017 (

Professor Ohsumi’s online lecture is free to attend and will be delivered online. He will be present to take questions and answers after the lecture. His lecture is entitled “Autophagy - cellular recycling system essential for life”.


Bookings will close 1 hour prior to the start of the event, and registrants will receive a link to join the online event 24hrs before the event, via their provided email address.

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