Thomas c. Sudhof is a German biochemist known for his study of synaptic transmission, which reveals how cells transmit their internal substances to exact locations at the right time, a fundamental process in cell physiology. In 2013, he won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, and later the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is a son-in-law of China, as his wife is from Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
Aging is a problem facing China, and even the whole world. To Thomas c. Sudhof, aging is a good fortune, which means we can have longer life, but at the same time it also brings about the frequent occurrence of chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. In this regard, all countries around the world should work together to propose solutions. “I always try to explain the causes of diseases, because only by understanding the principles and the causes behind, can we find corresponding therapies.”
Is the wining of the Nobel Prize closely related to childhood learning experiences? Thomas c. Sudhof answered with yes, “The education people receive in their childhood is very important. I have a lot of freedom in my childhood. I grew up in a very humanistic environment. No one forced me to learn anything, which helped to develop my creativity.”
Where shall Taizhou focus so as to develop its health & wellness industry? Thomas c. Sudhof believes that if a city is to build itself into a first-class medical city, two tasks must be given special attention. First, to build high-quality research universities. Good universities can gather talents to support industry development. Second, to closely connect with external research institutes, and coordinate and mobilize global resources to help development.