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Congratulations to the 2013 Nobel Prize Winners

October 9, 2013

Gordon Research Conferences would like to congratulate this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. Many of these scientists have been frequent speakers at GRCs, including meetings held just this past year. We are honored to have these prestigious individuals as part of our GRC community and grateful for their contributions at the frontiers of science.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 was awarded jointly to James E. Rothman (Yale University), Randy W. Schekman (University of California at Berkeley) and Thomas C. Südhof (Stanford University) for "their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells". James Rothman and Randy Schekman have previously chaired the Molecular Membrane Biology GRC and both were speakers at the 2013 meeting, which took place July 14-19 at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. They have also presented at several other GRCs in the past, including Molecular & Cellular Biology of Lipids, Synaptic Transmission, and Cell-Cell Fusion. Thomas Sudhof has chaired the Neurobiology of Brain Disorders GRC and the Cell Biology of the Neuron GRC, and was a speaker at the 2013 Excitatory Synapses & Brain Function GRC, which took place June 9-14 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. He was also a past speaker at several other GRCs, including Fragile X and Autism-related Disorders, Neurotrophic Factors, Synaptic Transmission, and Molecular & Cellular Neurobiology.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus (Université de Strasbourg; Harvard University), Michael Levitt (Stanford University School of Medicine) and Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems". Martin Karplus has been a past speaker at several GRCs, including Single Molecule Approaches to Biology, Computational Chemistry, and Enzymes, Coenzymes & Metabolic Pathways. Michael Levitt has been a past speaker at several GRCs, including Computational Chemistry, Computational Aspects of Biomolecular NMR, and Biopolymers. Arieh Warshel has been a past speaker at several GRCs, including Protein Folding Dynamics, Protons & Membrane Reactions, Isotopes in Biological & Chemical Sciences, and Computer Aided Drug Design.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Peter W. Higgs (University of Edinburgh) for "the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider".

For more information about the prizes and winners, visit nobelprize.org.
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