The Lundbeck Foundation honours three brilliant, upcoming research talents

They’re not yet 30 but they have already shown outstanding talent, which is why three eminent upcoming researchers are receiving a Lundbeck Foundation Talent Prize.

“We have here three exceptional talents who’ve all made impressive contributions to their own research fields at a very young age. Time will tell what their talent holds – it will be extremely exciting to follow their careers,” says Kim Krogsgaard, Head of Prizes at the Lundbeck Foundation.

The prize is accompanied by a monetary award of DKK 100,000.

The three recipients of the Talent Prize are:

Thor Haahr, clinical assistant, PhD student, Skive Regional Hospital, Aarhus University
Thor researches the composition of vaginal bacteria in women of child-bearing age and the significance these bacteria have both for the chance of pregnancy and for full-term, healthy pregnancy and birth. Among other things, Thor is currently investigating whether treating imbalance in vaginal microbiota with antibiotics and living lactic acid improves the chance of pregnancy for infertile couples undergoing IVF treatment.
In spite of his young age, Thor has an impressive CV and a long list of publications. Over a mere two years of full-time research he has shown outstanding talent and created results with the potential to provide new understanding of the bacteria’s impact on fertility as well as a new treatment for infertile
couples.

Hjalte Holm Andersen, assistant professor, PhD, Aalborg University
Hjalte’s research focuses on chronic itch and cutaneous pain. Diseases such as atopic eczema and urticaria cause chronic itching in around 10% of the world’s population. However, to date, treatment options are limited, and Hjalte intends to change this.
His PhD studies have brought us significantly closer to an understanding of why people itch, and how we will ultimately be able to develop more effective therapies.
Hjalte has published a long list of scientific articles and is described as a unique intellect who shows immense dedication and who is exceptionally productive.

Flemming Javier Olsen, registrar, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen
Flemming’s research focuses on atrial fibrillation and ultrasound scanning of the heart. He is currently working on a major research project on implantable rhythm monitoring devices – so-called loop recorders – which detect atrial fibrillation.
Flemming already has a long list of publications and has received recognition of his research in the form of the OSVAL prize. It was Flemming’s responsibility to perform ECGs on 1,500 patients; the project began in 2014 and will run until 2020. It is highly unusual for a medical student to head a major project of this calibre and duration. And this is testament to rare dedication and talent.

For further details please contact:

Kim Krogsgaard, Head of Prizes at the Lundbeck Foundation, tel. +45 2014 8384 or kk@lundbeckfonden.com

Pernille Thorborg Jasper, Media Relations Manager at the Lundbeck Foundation, tel. +45 2118 9132 or ptj@lundbeckfonden.com

Thor Haahr, tel. +45 2788 5402 or thohaa@rm.dk

Hjalte Holm Andersen, tel. +45 2446 4515 or hha@hst.aau.dk

Flemming Javier Olsen, tel. +45 3144 1229 or flemming.j.olsen@gmail.com

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