Wellcome Trust congratulates recipients of Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

The Wellcome Trust is delighted to congratulate two members of our research family on winning the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to James Rothman, Randy Schekman and Thomas S├╝dhof for solving the mystery of how cells organise their transport system.

Cells are like factories that produce and export molecules such as hormones, enzymes and chemical signals, which have to be delivered to other places inside the cell or exported out of the cell at exactly the right moment. The combined discoveries of the three Nobel Laureates have identified the molecular principles that govern how they are delivered to the right place at the right time.

James Rothman is the co-holder of a major Strategic Award from the Trust, with Daniel St Johnston of Cambridge University, to support the development of new imaging techniques that can better visualise the cellular transport processes.

Randy Schekman is editor-in-chief of 'eLife', the new top-tier open access journal founded last year with funding from the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Max Planck Society.

Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "It is a great pleasure to be able to congratulate two researchers who we know so well and who are doing so much to contribute to the Wellcome Trust's vision of driving extraordinary improvements in health. We are extremely proud to support the work of James Rothman, as his team further explores the discoveries about critical cell transport systems that have been recognised today by the Nobel Assembly.

"Randy Schekman is not only a first-class scientist but also a great champion of the important principle that the results of research should be freely accessible to all and not locked behind subscription paywalls. As its editor-in-chief, he has been instrumental in the success of 'eLife', the new open access life science journal that we helped to found last year.

"I am delighted to congratulate James and Randy, and Thomas Sudhof, on the Nobel Prize."