Nobel Week Dialogue

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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996. Peter Doherty received the Nobel Prize for discovering how the immune system recognises virus-ridden cells. Still active in research he is based at the University of Melbourne.

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rolf Zinkernagel for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defense. Based at the University of Melbourne, he continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection.

In addition, he is an advocate of evidence-based reality, relating to areas as diverse as childhood vaccination, global hunger, environmental degradation and anthropogenic climate change.  In an effort to communicate more broadly, he has written for popular magazine and news formats, helped start the now global academic blog ‘The Conversation’, engages via broadcast and social media, and has published six books on science and the scientific life for general audiences.

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