Four young scientists are awarded Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prize

Once again this year, Lundbeckfonden is awarding talent prizes to four talented young scientists under the age of 30. All four have made remarkable and promising contributions to research at a very early stage of their careers.

“Supporting and contributing to the development of the careers of scientists is one of Lundbeckfonden’s cornerstones. These young researchers are driven by curiosity, ambition, original ideas and a desire to make a difference to the society in which they live,” says Anne Marie Engel, Lundbeckfonden’s Director of Research.

It is not possible to apply for these honorary awards. Consequently, all four of the prize winners were nominated by leading researchers who have observed that these four, in particular, stand out from the many other researchers they meet.

“We set up our prizes to draw attention to and acknowledge the research activities of young scientists. We’re also aware that it’s extremely important in an international context to have a prize of this kind on one’s CV. This year’s Talent Prize recipients are in a league of their own, and we’re looking forward to hearing much more of them in the years to come,” says Anne-Marie Engel.

The 2016 Talent Prize recipients are:

Lars Wiuff Andersen, MD, PhD, aged 28, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital

Lars Wiuff Andersen’s research focuses primarily on patients who undergo heart surgery and on critically ill patients who suffer cardiac arrest and sepsis. His research has resulted in numerous publications in internationally renowned journals. During a stay in Boston, Lars Wiuff Andersen was involved in the development of the international guidelines for resuscitation after cardiac arrest through the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

For further information, visit Aarhus University’s website

Nicolai Jacob Wewer Albrechtsen, MD, PhD student, aged 27, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen’s research focuses, among other things, on measuring and identifying proteins in the blood, both to gain an understanding of the body’s physiology and to examine the changes that occur during the course of disease. By investigating the way in which proteins work in healthy individuals, the research may eventually be able to identify why they don’t work in ill people.

For further information, visit the University of Copenhagen’s website

Marco Bo Hansen, MD, PhD student, aged 28, Department of Clinical Immunology, Copenhagen University Hospital
Marco Bo Hansen is receiving the 2016 Lundbeckfonden Talent Prize for his research into necrotising soft tissue infections (flesh-eating bacteria) and for his study of biomarkers that can help doctors assess the spread of infection and the risk of amputation and death.

For further information, visit Copenhagen University Hospital’s website

Claes Nøhr Ladefoged, MSc in Computer Science, PhD student, aged 28, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Copenhagen University Hospital
Computer scientist and PhD student Claes Nøhr Ladefoged’s research uses advanced mathematical models to study computational problems in connection with medical imaging of the brain, benefiting patients, doctors and research alike. The overall theme of Claes Nøhr Ladefoged’s research is to correct computational errors using advanced mathematical models for medical imaging. Claes Nøhr Ladefoged’s methods for producing quantitatively correct PET images from PET/MR scans have already spread to centres in Europe and the USA, most recently prompting requests from Australia.

For further information, visit Copenhagen University Hospital’s website

Further details
Regitze Reeh, Head of Communications, Lundbeckfonden
Tel. +45 3054 6608, email rr@lundbeckfonden.com

About Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prize
Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prize is awarded to three to five scientists under the age of 30 who have produced particularly promising research in biomedical science. The Talent Prize is a personal honorary award of DKK 100,000, which has been granted every year since 2002.

It is not possible to apply for this prize. It is awarded based on well-founded nominations by leading scientists at Danish universities and other research institutions.

About Lundbeckfonden
Lundbeckfonden is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations, worth over DKK 50 billion. We award research grants amounting to DKK 400 to 500 million each year, primarily to Danish-based, biomedical sciences research. We also fund science education and research communication activities. With ‘brain health’ as our special focus area, we aim to create a better life through new knowledge.


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