Avram Hershko, doctor in Medicine and Nobel prize in Chemistry in 2004, says that research on the behavior and treatment of proteins inside the cell is the most effective way to fight against cancer or neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. “Proteins in our body can take on a destructive role and, if that happens, they can end up killing cells. We now know how to manage and eliminate if these proteins are needed inside cells, for example, ubiquitin recycle these proteins that can end up hurting us”.

Hershko has made these reflections during his admission as honorary academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), in a ceremony that was held in Barcelona this Tuesday, March 7. Its introducer has been the full academician of the RAED José Daniel Barquero.

Hershko was awarded the Nobel prize for his discoveries of protein degradation caused by ubiquitin with Aaron Ciechanover, also honorary academician of the RAED.