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Rita Levi-Montalcini shared the 1986 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for her part in the discovery of a protein that stimulates nerve cell growth.
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For their discovery of nerve growth factor, Rita Levi-Montalcini and Stanley Cohen were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
Levi-Montalcini did not rest on her laurels after winning a Nobel Prize. Having already helped establish the Institute of Cell Biology in Rome, Italy, in 1962, she went on to create an educational foundation in 1992 and set up the European Brain Research Institute in 2002. Even toward the end of her life,
Levi-Montalcini continued conducting research every day. She died in Rome, Italy, on December 30, 2012, at the age of 103.
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