Rolf Luft Award

The Rolf Luft Award is given annually by Karolinska Institutet for outstanding scientific contributions in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. The award consists of medal, diploma and prize money. The prize committee includes previous award winners and professors Per-Olof Berggren, Claes-Göran Östenson and Kerstin Brismar at The Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, the Department och Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet.


The nomination should include a CV, a list of the nominee’s no more than ten most important publications and a short description of the nominee’s contribution to science and health in Endocrinology, Diabetes or Metabolism (no more than 200 words). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Rolf Luft Award Ceremony is moved to 2021. Therefore there will be no new Rolf Luft Award 2021. Next Rolf Luft Award will be given 2022. Nominations for the 2022 Rolf Luft Award will start September 1, 2020 and the deadline for the nominations is September 1, 2021.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to the Chairman of the Award Committee, Professor Per-Olof Berggren. E-mail:

The Rolf Luft Award Medal

Recipients of Rolf Luft Award


Dr Franz Matschinsky, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Prize lecture: Slow and contentious to develop, the glucokinase-glucose-sensor paradigm is now central to the understanding of glucose homeostasis, its diseases and their therapy


Professor Mitchell Lazar, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Prize lecture: Nuclear Receptors, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism.


Professor Rudolf Zechner, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

Prize lecture: FAT FISSION - The breakdown of cellular lipid stores in health and disease.


Professor Daniel Drucker, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto Canada

Prize Lecture: Unravelling novel actions of gut peptides-biological mechanisms and therapeutic implications


Professor Michael S. Brown and Professor Joseph L. Goldstein, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Prize Lecture: Scap: Cholesterol Sensor and Lipid Regulator


Professor Andrew Hattersley, University of Exeter Medical School, Devon, UK

Prize Lecture: From base change to better care in diabetes


Professor Roger H. Unger, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Prize Lecture: A New Biology for Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)


Professor Se-Jin Lee, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Prize Lecture: Myostatin: A Molecular Rheostat for Muscle Mass


Professor David John Mangelsdorf, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Prize Lecture: Nuclear Receptor Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism: From Worms to Humans.


Professor Jeffrey Scott Flier, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Prize Lecture: Hormone resistance in diabetes and obesity: insulin, leptin and FGF21.


Professor Lewis C. Cantley, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Prize Lecture: PI 3-Kinase and glucose metabolism


Professor Grahame Hardie, FRSE FMedSci, University of Dundee, UK

Prize lecture: AMPK: a key sensor of cellular energy status and a potential drug target in obesity, diabetes and cancer.


Dr. Wylie Vale, Helen McLoraine chair professor of molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute in the USA

Prize lecture: The CRF/urocortin network of neuropeptides and receptors: bridging stress and metabolism


Professor Sir Philip Cohen, MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee, UK

Prize lecture: From insulin signalling to the regulation of cytokine production by pathogens


Professor Stephen O´Rahilly, Cambridge University, UK

Prize lecture: Insights into human metabolism from the study of extreme phenotypes


Professor Bruce Spiegelman, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA

Prize lecture: Transcriptional Control of Energy Metabolism


Professor C Ronald Kahn, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, USA

Prize lecture: Insulin Action in "Insulin Insensitive" Tissues - Role in Diabetes


Professor Jeffrey Friedman, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, the Rockefeller University, New York, USA

Prize lecture: Leptin, Obesity and the Hormonal Control of Body Weight

Professor Rolf Luft, 1914-2007

Biographical information