Trudy Jacobson Presents Women of American History: Gerty Cori

Trudy Jacobson Presents Women of American History: Gerty Cori

Gerty Cori

Cori spent a lifetime in the science field, which led to a Nobel Prize and paved the way to explore and treat diabetes.

Gerty Cori was a trailblazing biochemist who made significant contributions to the field of science, particularly in the study of carbohydrate metabolism. Her journey from a young girl with a passion for learning to a Nobel Prize-winning scientist serves as an inspiring testament to the potential of women in the world of science.

Despite the societal constraints and gender discrimination that were prevalent during her time, Cori’s dedication to her field led her to break through barriers.

Cori conducted groundbreaking research on the metabolism of carbohydrates, particularly the process by which glycogen is broken down to release glucose in the body. Her work laid the foundation for our understanding of biochemical pathways and paved the way for future work in the management and treatment of diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by elevated blood sugar levels due to either insufficient insulin production (Type 1) or ineffective insulin utilization (Type 2), which can lead to a range of health complications, including heart disease, kidney problems, and nerve damage.

“Diabetes is a health topic that is near and dear to me. The fact that Gerty won a Nobel Prize that helped shape our understanding of diabetes is simply amazing,” Trudy said.

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The Nobel Prize

In 1947, Cori became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/ Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious recognitions.

Her story is inspiring and illustrates the resilience and perseverance that female scientists have displayed throughout history despite the hurdles they faced.

Cori’s accomplishments remind us of the value of education and perseverance. She pursued her passion for science relentlessly, demonstrating that with a strong sense of purpose, women can excel in any field, even in the face of adversity.

“Women are capable of such great things. And it all starts with education. Learning and mastering a craft will put you in a position to make a real difference not only for yourself but also for the world. Gerty is a perfect example of that,” Trudy said.

Cori’s life and work are a testament to the incredible potential of women in science and an enduring source of inspiration for women today. Her groundbreaking research, dedication, and tenacity serve as a shining example of what women can achieve when they are given the opportunity to pursue their scientific passions.


Who is Trudy Jacobson?

Trudy is an entrepreneur and leader. Her path to success and entrepreneurialism started in the trucking industry decades ago. She encountered numerous obstacles in the male-dominated industry- like discrimination. She was even defrauded out of a lot of money by an unscrupulous, opportunistic person. Despite all that, Trudy always fought hard and pushed forward. Once she realized she could do anything, she started her own company and excelled. Now she empowers other women to do the same and to learn from her experience. Trudy now highlights their stories for the world to see in the Great American Women Series. Trudy wants women everywhere to know they can achieve their goals


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