The Med Dr Axel Hirsch Prize
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 2018 - Gunnar C. Hansson
Gunnar C. Hansson, professor in medical and physiological chemistry at the University of Gothenburg, is awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize 2018.
He is awarded for the discovery of a new type of beet cells, so-called guard cells, which guard the entrances to the bowel crypt and prevent bacterial infection.
The decision is made by the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet.
The prize of SEK 50,000 will be awarded during the Installation Ceremony at Aula Medica on October 11, 2018.
Previous prize winners
Prize winner 2017 - Nils Hansson
Nils 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.