News of the WeekNOBEL PRIZE

Researcher Overlooked for 2000 Nobel

Science  26 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5504, pp. 567-569
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5504.567

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Last year's award of the Nobel Prize in medicine has provoked an open letter to the award committee signed by more than 250 neuroscientists. The award went to three researchers for their work on how nerve cells exchange signals, and the Nobel Foundation's announcement pointed out the relevance of such work for treating Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. The problem, say those who signed the letter, is that the person who discovered the underlying neurotransmitter deficit in Parkinson's disease--and designed the treatment still in use today--wasn't included in the award or even mentioned in the accompanying announcement.