Gerty Cori & Carl Cori
1896 - 1957; 1896 - 1984
Lactic acid cycle
During intense muscle exercise, our body comes to rescue! The Cori cycle (lactic acid cycle) describes the mechanism through which our body supplies our muscles with energy while clearing the lactate during our sport session.
Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori, together with her husband Carl Ferdinand Cori, both biochemists, studied the body energy usage and described the Cori cycle (lactic acid cycle).
Both Gerty Cori and Carl Cori shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1947 "for their discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen". She was the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize, and the first woman to be awarded in that category.
Written by: Enriqueta Vallejo-Yagüe.