Pain relief scientists from US, Israel win top Spanish prize

2nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two US biochemists and an Israeli colleague leading research into pain relief were on Wednesday awarded Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for scientific and technical research.

David Julius and Linda Watkins from the United States and Baruch Minke from Israel were "scientific leaders in the battle against pain", the jury said in a statement.

It said the three prizewinners had discovered the "causes and mechanisms via which pain is produced and perceived, as well as other sensations such as cold, heat and taste."

Their findings "open up new and hopeful avenues for the rational design of specific therapies and drugs for the selective treatment of the different types of pain, one of the great medical challenges of all time," it added.

Last year the Asturias science prize was won by US engineers Raymond Samuel Tomlinson and Martin Cooper for their work in email and mobile phone technology.

The Asturias foundation annually hands out eight awards, each worth 50,000 euros (61,000 dollars) in the fields of communication and humanities, scientific and technical research, social science, arts, letters, international cooperation, international understanding and sport.

© 2010 AFP

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