The Dr Axel Hirsch Prize

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This prize is awarded annually by the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet as "recognition for a scientific article of high value published by a Swedish scientific researcher". The actual choice of prize winner takes place by way of nomination.

Prize winner 2017 - Nils Hansson

Nils HanssonNils Hansson, researcher at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, is awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize 2017 for his research in Swedish and German archives on candidates for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine who were not awarded the prize. Since 2014 Nils Hansson has written 17 articles on this theme, several of which have been published or are in press in recognised scientific journals.

Nils Hansson received his PhD from Lund University in 2013, defending a thesis on medical contact between Sweden and Germany during the Nazi era. 

News article about the 2017 prize winner

Previous prize winners

2016 - Mats Wahlgren

Mats Wahlgren, professor at the Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology is awarded the prize for his studies of the mechanisms by which blood group 0 protects against severe malaria.

News article about the 2016 prize winner

2014 - Yihai Cao

Yihai Cao, Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet is awarded the 2014 Axel Hirsch Prize for his groundbreaking studies on angiogenesis and its importance for numerous physiological and pathological conditions.

News article about the 2014 prize winner

2013 - Anders Kvanta

Anders Kvanta, Chief Physician at the St. Erik Eye Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet is awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize for research which lays the foundation for treating one of our most common retinal diseases.

News article about the prize winner of 2013

2012 - Per-Olof Berggren

Per-Olof Berggren, professor at the Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Karolinska Institutet, is awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize for his discovery that insulin secretion in the pancreas is not controlled directly by nerves as was previously thought, but only indirectly by the blood.

News article about the prize winner of 2012

2011 - Lars Lundell

Lars Lundell, adjunct professor at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, has been awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize, for his studies into a serious form of acid reflux known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

News article about the prize winner of 2011

2010 - Christer Betsholtz

Christer Betsholtz, Professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Karolinska Institutet has been awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize for a series of internationally noted and widely cited research papers on how blood vessels are formed (angiogenesis).

News article about the prize winner of 2010

2009 - Torkel Klingberg

Torkel Klingberg, Professor at the Department of Woman and Child Health at Karolinska Institutet has been awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize in recognition of his cutting edge research on the development of the working memory in people with functional impairment.

News article about the prize winner of 2009

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