Nobel Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

Book Release Party & Signings

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Check out the photos below from a Boneheads & Brainiacs book signing event, the book release party on March 7, 2020, and of Dr. Dolan with the history class from New Horizon's Academy and at the New Releases table at Barnes & Noble, holding t...

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Book Release Today!

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Why is a book on the Nobel Prize in Medicine pertinent today? “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.” — Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Some of the winners of the Nobel Priz...

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Using the Nobel Prize to Save the Planet

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On February 21, 2020 over 40 Nobel laureates signed on to a letter urging Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau to reject the Teck Frontier tar sand mine development, proposed since 2011 by Teck Resources Limited, to harvest oil from the sand. On Febr...

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Vaccines and the Nobel Prize, case in point

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Several early Nobel Prizes were given for discoveries that led to the development of vaccines for prevention of infectious diseases. The irony is that these diseases were already in steep decline in terms of incidence and deadliness, even before ther...

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Gender Inequality in the Nobel Prize in Medicine

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In 117 years of the Nobel Prize in Medicine & Physiology, only 12 women have been Nobel laureates. To be honest, some of this in the early years could be attributed to the paucity of women at work in the sciences. But that’s not the entire e...

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Who Funds Nobel Prize-Winning Research?

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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) website boasts that 50 winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine have been recipients of NIH grants. This would give the idea that NIH funding was pivotal in all of these prize-winning discoveries. The very fir...

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War, Diphtheria, and the First Nobel Prize in Medicine

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War and political events significantly affected many of the first half-century winners, and the Nobel Prize itself was a product of war—the money was initially generated from munitions manufacture and inventions toward more lethal warfare. So did w...

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Upcoming Boneheads & Brainiacs Media Events

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Hear From The Author of Boneheads & Brainiacs! When: 9 p.m–12 a.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Where: Midnight in the Desert Radio — listen live online or listen by radio in Pahrump Nevada on KNYE 95.1 FM. Visit the M...

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Striving for Sanity in a Nuclear Age

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Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize, was also the inventor of dynamite, and at the time of his death he held over 300 patents contributing to more lethal ways to wage war. He is reported to have wanted to invent “a substance or a machin...

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Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Again

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This month, the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine — known as the Prize in Physiology or Medicine — was announced. Three researchers are sharing the honor: William Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza, for their discoveries of how cells se...

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