Sir Michael Houghton, the 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, gave a virtual seminar on the topic of ‘Eliminating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection as a major public health threat’.


Sir Michael talk

Dr Choo Qui-lim, who worked closely with Sir Michael in the HCV research, was in the audience and enjoyed an inspiring discussion with the Nobel Laureate.

Sir Michael is the director of the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute at the University of Alberta in Canada and a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. His discovery in 1989 opened a new field of viral hepatitis research that led to improved blood safety and hepatitis C treatment, to the point where the viral infection can now be cured in all patients. He created a successful vaccine for the SARS-CoV-1 virus in 2004, and has recently been leading an effort to produce a vaccine for COVID-19.