Two Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Physiology and Medicine

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were awarded for their findings regarding how heat, cold, and touch may initiate nervous system impulses.

  • Their research offers information on ways to alleviate both chronic and acute pain
    Their research offers information on ways to alleviate both chronic and acute pain

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discovery of temperature and touch receptors, the award-giving committee said on Monday.

According to the committee, their revolutionary findings have helped to grasp how heat, cold, and mechanical force may begin nerve impulses that allow people to sense and adapt to the surrounding environment. 

In other words, the prize winners discovered crucial gaps in our knowledge of the intricate interplay between our senses and our surroundings.

Their research provides knowledge on ways to decrease chronic and acute pain caused by a variety of illnesses, injuries, and treatments.

The Nobel Prizes for Science, Literature, and Peace were established and financed by Swedish dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel in his will.