Nobel Laureate Sir Michael Houghton provides inspiration
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 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.