Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, director for the Target Discovery Institute in the Nuffield department of medicine at Oxford University and director of clinical research at Francis Crick Institute in London, has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Sir Peter is honoured alongside William G Kaelin, Jr of Harvard University and Gregg L Semenza of Johns Hopkins University. Together they discovered the key mechanisms that our cells use to detect and respond to low oxygen levels, known as ‘hypoxia’.
Sir Peter says: “I’m honoured and delighted at the news. I’ve had great support from so many people over the years. It’s a tribute to the lab, to those who helped me set it up and worked with me on the project over the years, to many others in the field, and not least to my family for their forbearance of all the up and downs.”