Youyou Tu, a researcher in Traditional Chinese Medicine, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for development of the anti-malarial drug Artemisinin. It is said to save 100,000 lives a year.
Attributing her inspiration to ancient Chinese medical texts, Tu has researched Chinese herb for dozens of years. The anti-malarial breakthrough was found in a 1700 year old Chinese herbal prescription. You can hear her Nobel lecture with English translation here:
You can also hear a summary of her contributions to medicine below:
Jeffrey Russell, MS, DOM, practices Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in Louisville, KY. You can reach him at his clinic, Abacus Chinese Medicine, 502 299-8900.