Prestigious awards for four talented young researchers


A key focus of the Lundbeck Foundation’s grant strategy is research talent, and the aim of our grant and prize awards is to support especially talented health researchers at Danish universities and hospitals.

‘It’s important to support these talented young researchers so that they can achieve their full potential and inspire other students of biomedical sciences to take up research,’ says Jan Egebjerg, Director of Research at the Lundbeck Foundation.

The Lundbeck Foundation’s Grants & Prizes Panel has now decided who will receive the 2020 Young Investigator Prize and this year’s three Talent Prizes, and we are therefore delighted to announce the following prizewinners:



The Lundbeck Foundation 2020 Young Investigator Prize goes to doctor and professor Søren Dinesen Østergaard, 40, from the Department for Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

The prize is in recognition of Professor Østergaard’s many meaningful research results in the field of psychiatric disorders; for example, his development of rating scales which can be used in clinical practice to measure the severity of a mental illness.

The Lundbeck Foundation’s Young Investigator Prize is worth DKK 1 million. DKK 300,000 of this amount is a personal honorary prize, and the remainder is to spend on research.

– Read more about Søren Dinesen Østergaard



The Lundbeck Foundation is awarding three Talent Prizes in 2020.

Each prize comes with a monetary award of DKK 500,000. DKK 150,000 of this amount is a personal honorary award, and the remainder is to be spent on research.

The three research talents being honoured this year are:

Doctor and PhD student Christian Sandøe Musaeus, 29, Danish Dementia Research Centre, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen.
Dr Musaeus works with electroencephalography (EEG) and is aiming to use this painless, non-invasive technique to fine-tune dementia diagnoses.

– Read more about Christian Sandøe Musaeus

Doctor and PhD student Christopher Rohde, 20, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University.
Dr Rohde researches into the effect of medicines, in particular antidepressants. Among other things, he is studying the effect of antidepressants on the course of type 2 diabetes.

Read more about Christopher Rohde

Doctor and PhD student Peter Marstrand, 30, Department of Cardiac Medicine, Herlev-Gentofte Hospital.
Dr Marstrand is studying hereditary arrhythmias named long QT syndrome.

– Read more about Peter Marstrand


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