The Hungarian Karalin Karikó has already given her first statements after being awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine. This is the advice she gives today to young research scientists .
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Leer en español: Este es el consejo que Katalin Karikó, nobel de medicina, les da a los jóvenes científicos
The new Nobel Prize in Medicine 2023, the Hungarian Katalin Karikó, assured this Monday in a first reaction that the most important thing in the life of a scientific researcher is to enjoy work and maintain physical and mental health.
Speaking to a group of Hungarian journalists via video conference, the 68-year-old scientist was asked what message she has for future generations of scientists.
"The most important thing is to have physical and mental health, to learn to manage stress. It is important that if they enjoy what they do, if they are happy doing it, they will become better and better," said Karikó, a naturalized American after living and working for decades in the United States.
Katalin Karikó: winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine
Karikó and her American colleague Drew Weissmann will receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine in December for their research related to messenger RNA vaccines against Covid-19, the Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced today.
Their discoveries "were fundamental to developing effective mRNA vaccines against Covid-19 during the pandemic that began in early 2020," explained the Swedish entity.
"We always have to focus on what we can change and not on others, because that way we don't move forward," said Karikó, citing another Hungarian researcher, János Selye, a pioneer in studies on stress.
According to the news portal Telex.hu, Karikó became emotional when asked about his parents' reaction to the news of the Nobel Prize.
"They may say your name," the researcher quoted her mother, who was convinced that they would give her the Nobel Prize, since she works so hard.
The Nobel Prizes in Medicine will be awarded on December 10 in Stockholm.