The Folksam Award for Epidemiological Research
The Folksam Award for Epidemiological Research is awarded to internationally outstanding researchers engaged in scientific work in which epidemiological material is used for the purposes of prevention in the field of public health. Prize winners are selected by a panel of judges appointed by Karolinska Institutet.
Prize winner 2013 - Olof Nyrén
Professor Nyrén receives the prize for his groundbreaking discoveries of the causes and treatment of cancer and other diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract. His researches on causes and treatments of gastritis and the potential dangers of blood transfusions have had immediate consequences for public health.
Previous prize winners
2012 - Albert Hofman
Professor Albert Hofman at Erasmus University in Rotterdam is awarded the prize for his research on vascular factors in Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the elderly. His work has had a significant clinical importance both in his native country the Netherlands and internationally.
2011 - Jaakko Tuomilehto
Jaakko Tuomilehto, professor of public health at Helsinki University was awarded the prize for his pioneering efforts that led to the prophylactic measures that are now routine for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
2010 - Steven N Blair
Steven N Blair, Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, was awarded the prize for his research on physical exercise and its effects on health. He has made invaluable contributions to public health through research on how exercise and physical activity leads to a longer and healthier life.
2009 - Laura Fratiglioni
Laura Fratiglioni, Professor at Karolinska Institutet, was awarded the prize for her research in geriatric epidemiology and dementia. Her scientific contributions have made a clear impact on aging research and have led to the implementation of epidemiologic methods and, in particular, to the introduction of modern methods in geriatric epidemiology.
2008 - Sir Michael Marmot
Sir Michael Marmot, Professor at University College London was awarded the prize for his research on equity and health. Professor Marmot's research has used a multi-disciplinary approach in which psychosocial as well as biological factors have been considered in the etiologic web of causation. His research has had clear preventive implications, and has considerable influence on health policy both in Great Britain and internationally.