Professor Torkel Klingberg wins the 2009 MD Axel Hirsch prize

Published 2009-09-25 00:00. Updated 2013-11-26 10:24

[PRESS RELEASE 2009-09-23] The 2009 Medicine Doktor Axel Hirsch prize is to be awarded to Torkel Klingberg, professor at the Department of Woman and Child Health at Karolinska Institutet, in recognition of his cutting edge research on the development of the working memory in people with functional impairment.

The Board of Research has selected Professor Torkel Klingberg as this years winner of the Medicine Doktor Axel Hirsch prize in the field of neurobiology.

Professor Klingberg's research has broken fresh ground and created a new research field centred on the development of cognitive function. His results have been of immediate clinical use for patients suffering, for example, from stroke, ADHD, schizophrenia for dementia.

"My research mainly focused on children with ADHD, and the most important discovery that I and my research group have made is that a fundamental cognitive function like working memory can actually be improved through training," says Professor Klingberg.

His memory-training method is today being used and developed by several universities in the USA, while working memory training is clinically applied in over a hundred clinics around the world.

The prize is to be awarded at ceremony held to coincide with the installation ceremony for new professors at Karolinska Institutet at the Berwald Hall on 28 October 2009.

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