Roger Guillemin

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Roger Charles Louis Guillemin
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Roger Charles Louis Guillemin
Born (1924-01-11) January 11, 1924 (age 95)
Nationality France
Citizenship United States [1]
Alma mater Université de Montréal
Université de Bourgogne
Known for Neurohormones
Awards National Medal of Science,
Nobel Prize (1977)
Dickson Prize (1977)
Scientific career
Fields Biology
Institutions Baylor College of Medicine
Doctoral students Wylie Vale

Roger Charles Louis Guillemin (born January 11, 1924) is an American neuroscientist. He received the National Medal of Science in 1976, and the Nobel prize for medicine in 1977 for his work on neurohormones, sharing the prize that year with Andrew Schally and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.

National Medal of Science science award

The National Medal of Science is an honor bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. The twelve member presidential Committee on the National Medal of Science is responsible for selecting award recipients and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Medicine The science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of physical and mental illnesses

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A neurohormone is any hormone produced and released by neuroendocrine cells into the blood. By definition of being hormones, they are secreted into the circulation for systemic effect, but they can also have a role of neurotransmitter or other roles such as autocrine (self) or paracrine (local) messenger.



Completing his undergraduate work at the University of Burgundy, Guillemin received his M.D. degree from the Medical Faculty at Lyon in 1949, and went to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to work with Hans Selye at the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the Université de Montréal where he received a Ph.D. in 1953. The same year he moved to the United States to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine at Houston. In 1965, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1970 he helped to set up the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California where he worked until retirement in 1989.

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Guillemin and Andrew V. Schally discovered the structures of TRH and GnRH in separate laboratories. The process of this scientific discovery at Guillemin's laboratory is the subject of a study by Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar, published as Laboratory Life . [2]

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Guillemin signed along with other Nobel Prize winners a petition requesting a delegation of the Committee on the Rights of the Children of the United Nations to visit a Tibetan child who is under house arrest in China since 1995, namely Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

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Awards and honors

National Academy of Sciences science branch of the United States National Academies

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The Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research is one of the prizes awarded by the Lasker Foundation for the outstanding discovery, Contribution and achievement in the field of medicine and Human Physiology. The award frequently precedes a Nobel Prize in Medicine: almost 50% of the winners have gone on to win one.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences United States honorary society and center for independent policy research

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  1. Schlessinger, Bernard S; Schlessinger, June H. (1996). The who's who of Nobel Prize winners, 1901–1995. Oryx Press. p. 133. ISBN   978-0-89774-899-5.
  2. Latour, Bruno; Woolgar, Steve (1986). Laboratory Life . Princeton University Press. ISBN   978-0-691-02832-3.

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