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Lundbeck Foundation Prizes

Research Prizes

The Brain Prize

The Brain Prize is a personal research prize worth 1 million euros. It is awarded once a year by the Lundbeck Foundation to one or more researchers who have distinguished themselves by making an outstanding contribution primarily to European brain research and who are still active in research. The Brain Prize is the world’s largest brain research prize. Only nominated candidates will be considered for the prize. Re-nomination is permitted.

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The Lundbeck Foundation also awards a ‘Young Investigator Prize’ and three ‘Talent Prizes’ every year, honouring outstanding researchers working in the field of biomedical sciences at Danish research institutions and, thus, drawing attention to the social value of research. It is not possible to apply for these prizes. Candidates must be nominated by leading scientists at Danish research institutions. Re-nomination is permitted.

Young Investigator Prize

The Lundbeck Foundation’s Young Investigator Prize is worth DKK 1 million. DKK 300,000 of this amount is a personal honorary award, while DKK 700,000 is earmarked for the prize winner’s research. The prize is given to a young scientist under the age of 40, and it is awarded once a year to acknowledge a particularly promising scientist who has produced outstanding research in the field of biomedical science.

The Lundbeck Foundation’s Grants & Prizes Committee reviews the nominations and then recommends one candidate to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The prize winner must be conducting research at a Danish research institution at the time of the award.

Talent prizes

The Lundbeck Foundation’s talent prizes are awarded every year to three young scientists under the age of 30.

The prize is worth DKK 500,000. DKK 150.000 of this amount is a personal honorary award, while DKK 350.000 is earmarked for the prize winner’s research. The prize is awarded once a year to scientists who have conducted particularly promising research in the field of biomedical science.

The Lundbeck Foundation’s Grants & Prizes Committee reviews the nominations and then recommends three candidates to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The prize winners must be conducting research at a Danish research institution at the time of the award.

Previous Recipients of Lundbeckfonden’s Research Prize for Young Scientists:

2018 Senior Researcher, Associate Professor, Ane B. Fisker
2017 Professor Janine Erler
2016 Professor Alexander Zelikin, Associate Professor
2015 Professor Robert A. Fenton, PhD
2014 Professor Tom Gilbert, PhD
2013 Darach Watson, PhD, Senior Lecturer
2012 Professor Mads Hald Andersen
2011 Professor Eske Willerslev
2010 Professor Lars Juhl Jensen, PhD
2009 Professor Niels Mailand, PhD
2008 Blagoy A. Blagoev, PhD, Senior Lecturer
2007 Bjørk Hammer, PhD, Senior Lecturer
2006 Professor Hans Braüner-Osborne, PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
2005 Professor Claus Hviid Christensen, MSc
2004 Professor Jens Hjort, PhD
2003 Professor Jacob Rosenberg, MD
2002 Professor Jesper Wengel, PhD
2001 Professor Søren Nielsen, MD

Previous Recipients of Lundbeckfonden’s Talent Prizes:

2018
Thor Haahr, clinical assistant, PhD student, Skive Regional Hospital, Aarhus University
Hjalte Holm Andersen, assistant professor, PhD, Aalborg University
Flemming Javier Olsen, registrar, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen

2017
Tore Bjerregaard Stage, PhD, Assistant Professor, pharmacist, University of Southern Denmark
Andreas Laustsen, MSc in Chemical Engineering, postdoc, Technical University of Denmark
Mads Emil Jørgensen, MD, PhD, Gentofte Hospital
Fatima Al-Zahraa Al Atraktchi, MSc in Physics and Nanotechnology, PhD student, Technical University of Denmark
Christian Laut Ebbesen, PhD, postdoc, biophysicist, University of Copenhagen

2016
Lars Wiuff Andersen, MD, PhD, Aarhus University Hospital
Nicolai Jacob Wewer Albrechtsen, MD, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Marco Bo Hansen, MD, PhD student, Rigshospitalet
Claes Nøhr Ladefoged, MSc in Computer Science, PhD student, Rigshospitalet

2015
Doctor Kristoffer Andresen, PhD student, University of Copenhagen
Doctor Sigrún Schmidt, PhD student, Aarhus University
Christian Ovesen, medical student, University of Copenhagen
Anton Pottegård, PhD, postdoc, University of Southern Denmark

2014
Johan Burisch, PhD, Hvidovre Hospital/Nordsjællands Hospital
Catharina Steentoft, PhD, University of Copenhagen
Lin Lin, PhD, postdoc, Aarhus University

2013
Tor Biering-Sørensen, MSc (Medicine), Gentofte Hospital
Casper Bindzus Foldager, MSc (Medicine), PhD, Aarhus University Hospital
Jeremy David Silver, MSc, PhD, Aarhus University
Morten Mattrup Smedskjær, MSc, PhD, Aalborg University
Morten Würtz, MSc (Medicine), Aarhus University Hospital

2012
Doctor Jonas Bjerring Olesen
Anne Ersbak Bang Nielsen, MSc, PhD
Kira Irina Astakhova, PhD, Senior Lecturer

2011
Magnus Kjærgaard, PhD, postdoc
Søren Egedal Degn, PhD, postdoc
Thomas Just Sørensen, PhD, postdoc

2010
Lotte Holmegaard, MSc, PhD
Tomasz K. Wojdacz, MSc, PhD
Søren Dinesen Østergaard, MSc (Medicine)

2009
Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, MSc (Medicine), PhD
Mads Toudal Frandsen, MSc, PhD
Kamilla Miskowiak, MSc (Psychology), PhD

2008
Thomas Bjørnskov Poulsen, MSc, PhD
Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, MSc, PhD
Mark Schram, MSc (Engineering), PhD

2007
Alicia Lundby, MSc, PhD student
Michael Pittekow, MSc, PhD
Jacob Sherson, PhD, postdoc

2006
Simon Bekker-Jensen, MSc (Biotechnology), PhD
Darya V. Kiryushko, MSc, PhD
Malene Ringkjøbing Jensen, MSc, PhD

2005
Kasper Kyng, MSc (Medicine), PhD student
Jeppe Vang Lauritsen, , MSc, PhD
Dr Jun Wang, PhD, Visiting Professor

2004
Andrew Bond, PhD, Assistant Professor
Mads Kristian Dalsgaard, MSc (Medicine), Clinical Assistant
Niels Jessen, MSc (Medicine), PhD

2003
Lars Juhl Jensen, MSc (Engineering), PhD
Mette Madsen, PhD, Assistant Professor
Adam Steensberg, MSc (Medicine), Clinical Assistant

2002
Jacob Falck Hansen, MSc
Alexei Komolov, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
Milena Penkowa, MSc (Medicine), PhD, Senior Lecturer

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