Media Advisory

Monday, October 5, 2020

Telebriefing: NIH intramural researcher Harvey J. Alter wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


National Institutes of Health intramural researcher Harvey J. Alter, M.D., has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Dr. Alter is a Senior Scholar at the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine and shares the award with Michael Houghton, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, and Charles M. Rice, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, New York City.


Monday, October 5, 2020, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET


  • NIH Senior Scholar Harvey J. Alter, M.D.
  • NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
  • NIH Clinical Center CEO James K. Gilman, M.D.
  • NIH Associate Director for Clinical Research John I. Gallin, M.D.



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