Ada Yonath sounds an alarm on a global challenge - antibiotic resistance. "I am not a prophet. I cannot predict the future. But I think a 10-15 fold increase in deaths due to infectious diseases is realistic if we do not find new antibiotics." #WorldAntibioticAwarenessWeek
When Ada Yonath (right) was awarded the Chemistry Prize she received a call from another laureate - Rita Levi-Montalcini (left). "She called me on the phone to congratulate me!" Yonath will be discussing ageing at the Madrid#NobelPrizeDialogue on 22 May:
At the #NobelPrizeDialogue in Madrid, Ada Yonath, who is 80 today, shone a spotlight on a global challenge. "I am not a prophet. I cannot predict the future. But I think a 10-15 fold increase in deaths due to infectious diseases is realistic if we do not find new antibiotics."
In the 70s, Ada Yonath decided to map the 3D structure of the ribosome. “This was the beginning of a long quest that took over two decades, in which I was met with reactions of disbelief and even ridicule.” In 2000 she completed her quest and in 2009 was awarded the #NobelPrize .
As a young scientist Ada Yonath took on a challenge that others considered hopeless - mapping the structure of the ribosome - and persevered until she succeeded. Her work has led to new antibiotics and a better understanding of antibiotic resistance.
At age 5 AdaYonath's curiosity led to her breaking her arm in a failed experiment to measure the height of her balcony. Later it would lead to the #NobelPrize . On 22 May Yonath will bring her curiosity to the #NobelPrizeDialogueDialogue on the topic of ageing:
Delegates and guests from around the world attended our event at the #UN on Innovation as a Mindset. Special thanks to Ada Yonath@NobelPrize winner, for addressing the public on how to foster passions for finding solutions through science, technology and innovation #SDGs
#IWD2019 Ada Yonath'>Israeli Crystallographer Ada Yonath was awarded the 2009 #NobelPrizein #Chemistry "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". She is 1 of 5 #womento ever be awarded this prestigious prize.