University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., released the below statement today (Oct. 4) on the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine awarded to professor David Julius, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco. Julius received the prize jointly with Ardem Patapoutian, Ph.D., a UCLA alum and former UCSF postdoctoral fellow, for their research on pain receptors.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Prof. David Julius for his groundbreaking work on pain receptors,” said Drake. “His cutting-edge research in biochemistry and molecular biology helps us better understand how the body senses discomfort and temperature while providing new insight into the neuroscience of pain and the ways we can develop new, non-addictive therapies to reduce patient suffering."

“Today’s richly deserved Nobel is a testament to the incredible work by Dr. Julius and his team as well as a nod to the researchers across the University of California, who continue to advance knowledge and make discoveries in their work every day,” Drake continued. “We celebrate this tremendous honor and look forward to seeing how Dr. Julius’s research will continue to improve health care and the quality of life for all patients.”

UC has a long history of Nobel Prize winners that goes back to 1939 when Ernest O. Lawrence received the prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron. With today’s announcement, 69 UC faculty and staff have been awarded 70 Nobel Prizes.

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