Distinguished Professor Tasuku Honjo, Deputy Director-General of the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study, spoke at a press conference on the evening of 1 October following the announcement of his receipt of a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He was awarded the prize jointly with Professor James P Allison of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
At the conference, Professor Honjo was quoted as saying:
"It is an immense honor to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and I am extremely happy. For this I must give my heartfelt thanks to my colleagues, students, and family who supported me in so many ways over such a long time. At the time of PD-1's discovery in 1992, it was purely a matter of basic scientific research, but as this then led to actual treatments and I then eventually began to hear from patients, such as, 'This treatment has improved my condition and given me strength again, and it is all thanks to you,' I really began to understand the meaning of what my work had accomplished. I really feel that I am an extremely fortunate man. And the success of this therapy has inspired me to continue working, and continue searching for new treatments for cancer."
- 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Distinguished Professor Tasuku Honjo (1 October 2018)
- List of publications by Professor Tasuku Honjo