Women Wednesday: Rita Levi-Montalcini

220px-Rita_Levi-Montalcini_bandw.jpgWinning the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1986 it’s no wonder Rita, an Italian Neurophysiologist, is considered to be a phenomenal example for those wishing to enter into the world of science.

Her nobel prize, which she shared with biochemist named Stanley Cohen, was for the discovery of nerve growth factor. This is a protein that stimulates nerve tissue surrounding cells causing the cells to grow.

In 2002, Rita founded the European Brain Research Institute which is still completing cutting edge research today!

 

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