Famous Nobel Prize Winners - Dr. Luc Montagnier, 2008 Recipient in Medicine

Have you ever wondered who are the famous Nobel Prize winners?

Well, today we are going to meet one, and will learn why his accomplishment holds great value for you and I.

Dr. Luc Montagnier : Famous Nobel Prize Winners : Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008

Just what did Dr. Luc Montagnier do that earned him the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008?

Dr. Luc Montagnier, along with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1984. This makes him one of the famous Nobel Prize Winners! Remember when you first heard about HIV? Well, Dr. Montagnier was behind the scenes doing his research that brought the existence of HIV to our knowledge. The world has not been the same since.

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The 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine actually had three recipients that year. Dr. Montagnier and Dr. Barré-Sinoussi were recipients of half of the prize, and the other half was awarded to Harald zur Hausen, for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer.

You may link directly to this page, which includes pictures and brief descriptions of these recipients on The Nobel Foundation's official website here. (this link opens in a new window)

You may also find the prize announcement video and explanation of why the prize was divided by clicking on the prize announcement tab to the right of the pictures.

Drs. Montagnier and Barré-Sinoussi first understood that HIV “impaired the immune system because of massive virus replication and cell damage to lymphocytes.”

Their seminal work set the stage for understanding the biology of the disease and current modalities of treatment.

In addition, it led to development of methods of diagnosis and blood screening that has mitigated the spread of the disease.

In related work, Immunotec Senior Vice- President, Research & Development, Dr. Wulf Dröge and his colleagues were the first to discover (in 1989) that HIV- infected patients have abnormally low cysteine and glutathione levels.

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In 1994, Montagnier drew attention to the promising effects of Immunocal®, a proven precursor of the major cellular antioxidant glutathione, in his opening address at the 10th International AIDS Conference in Yokohama, Japan.

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Immunocal® is a cysteine-rich protein isolate derived from non-denatured whey protein. Immunocal is a dietary natural health supplement, developed and marketed worldwide by Immunotec since 1996. Immunocal is a precursor of the major cellular antioxidant glutathione, an element important in maintaining a strong immune system.

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The anti-HIV and anti-apoptotic activity of Immunocal and its relation with glutathione synthesis were further discussed in a presentation at the same conference.

Three years later, Montagnier, one of the famous Nobel Prize Winners, along with Rene Olivier and Catherine Pasquier, edited "Oxidative Stress in Cancer, AIDS, and Neurodegenerative Diseases," devoting an entire chapter to a paper co-authored by Immunotec founding scientist Dr. Gustavo Bounous.

Entitled "Nutriceutical Modulation of Glutathione with a Humanized Native Milk Serum Protein Isolate, Immunocal: Application in AIDS and Cancer", the paper explored the extremely rare glutathione-promoting components of proteins in Immunocal.

The paper also noted the implication of cellular glutathione depletion in a number of degenerative conditions and disease states including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, arteriosclerosis, cataracts, cystic fibrosis, malnutrition, aging, AIDS, and cancer.

The collaboration of science and medicine in quickly understanding and providing treatment for infected individuals has led to significant improvement in life expectancies for those infected and resonates with Immunotec’s mission of helping human beings achieve wellness.

As one of the famous Nobel Prize Winners, Dr. Luc Montagnier recently became part of a cast of recognized doctors uncovering the truth about HIV. The result is a film called House of Numbers, and is currently being screened in select theatres worldwide and has already won numerous awards.

Note what he has to say about the importance of a strong immune system in clearing HIV from a patient's sytem:

So, in conclusion, what can we say about famous Nobel Prize Winners? One in particular, Dr. Luc Montagnier, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for his co-discovery of HIV. His further work led to increased understanding of the immune system and how an important protein called glutathione can have strong implications in further treatment of HIV infected patients by strengthening their immune systems.

Dr. Jimmy Gutman is the world's most published author on the subject of glutathione. His current bestseller is entitled "Glutathione - Your Key To Health."

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