It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I was in Tokyo to interview the Nobel Prize winner Yoshinori Ohsumi. Well, today marks exactly a year to the day that I had that honor, and I have to say, looking back, I have very fond memories, as meeting him and sitting down to have a green tea with him and talk about his research remains one of the highlights of my career.

For those of you who haven’t seen the video or heard of Dr. Ohsumi, he won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research into autophagy, and it was that very research that paved the way for so many others, myself included, to learn more, and was also the basis and inspiration for my first book, Glow15, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

It was very humbling sitting across from such a brilliant mind and listening to him talk about his life and career and it was certainly an experience I won’t forget. The visit was made extra special as he is an extremely shy and private gentleman, and one who displays a truly humble and quiet nature, yet, to my surprise, he allowed us to video the conversation at the last minute, which was his first video interview since he won the Nobel Prize in 2016. Needless to say it was quite the honor and that video of course ended up on my YouTube channel and it was lovely to see such an outpouring of kind words and respect for this man and to share his words with the world through this platform.

The conversation and my time with Dr. Ohsumi also inspired me to talk to Dr. William Dunn who is a long time colleague of Dr. Ohsumi and whose interview on autophagy can also be found here on my channel. There are many videos that were all inspired by this experience and I’m proud to include them all on my YouTube channel (which you can access via the link below).

But really, I just wanted to take a moment to remember my time with my friend, Dr. Ohsumi, and to thank him publicly and also to thank you for your support in watching his video and all the other videos and blogs we’ve done on this very important subject. Autophagy is something we all need to know about and the extent to which it can benefit us is truly incredible.

Have a blessed day and to your health and happiness 

-Naomi

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