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The Jacobæus Prize

The Foundation’s oldest prize

The Jacobæus Prize is the oldest prize of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It was established in 1939 to commemorate the Swedish professor Hans Christian Jacobæus. The purpose of the Prize is to promote medical research and is awarded annually to a distinguished international researcher, who is invited to give a lecture on his or her research on a topic within physiology or endocrinology. The accompanying award of DKK 1,500,000 (€200,000) is distributed as a personal award of DKK 250,000 and an award for research or development work of DKK 1,250,000.

The Prize is awarded under the auspices of the Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, with lectures being held mainly at Scandinavian universities or in other European cities and towns connected with medical research.

Hans Christian Jacobæus (1879–1937) was a Swedish professor and pioneering clinical researcher who developed a method for exploring the pleural cavity (thoracoscopy) using a cystoscope, which greatly improved the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases, especially tuberculosis. Hans Christian Jacobæus served on the Board of the Nordisk Insulin Foundation from its inception in 1926 until his death.

The Jacobæus Prize was previously administered by a separate foundation, the H.C Jacobæus Foundation, and known as the H.C. Jacobæus Lecture.

Previous recipients

Year
Recipients
2015
M. BISHR OMARY
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Unravelling the cytoskeleton" in Turku
2014
FRANCES ASHCROFT
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "From bench to bedside: how activating KATP channel mutations causes neonatal diabetes" in Copenhagen
2013
LEWIS C. CANTLEY
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "The role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase in human disease" in Stockholm
2012
ANTHONY WEETMAN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Thyroid autoimmunity for clinicals" in Oslo
2011
JOHAN AUWERX
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "NAD sensors to integrate metabolism" in Helsinki
2010
GERARD KARSENTY
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "The novel endocrinology of bone" in Copenhagen
2009
MICHAEL P. CZECH
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "RNAi-based therapeutic strategies for inflammation and metabolic disease" in Umeå
2008
EMMANUEL VAN OBBERGHEN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Diabetes and its complications - when insulin action goes wrong" in Göteborg
2007
KÁRI STEFÁNSSON
Gave the Prize lecture "Genetics of common/complex traits" in Göteborg
2006
BJÖRN R. OLSEN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "The adapter SH3BP4 is a critical regulator of myeloid sensitivity to macrophage- and osteoclast-inducing signals" in Göteborg
2005
BARBARA B. KAHN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Intertissue communication in the regula-tion of insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis" in Stockholm
2005
STEPHEN O'RAHILLY
Professor Gave the prize lecture "Human obesity and insulin resistance: Lessons from experiments of nature" in Oslo
2004
BRUCE M. SPIEGELMAN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "PPAR-gamma and PGC-1 coactivators in glucose and energy homeostasis" in Helsinki
2003
SIR PHILIP COHEN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Insulin signalling through PI 3-kinase" in Odense
2002
DR. C. RONALD KAHN
Dr., gave the Prize lecture "Insulin receptor and beta cell function? Lessons from animal models" in Lund
2001
MASASHI YANAGISAWA
Professor Gave the prize lecture "The Orexins/Hypocretins and their re-ceptors: Discovery, characterization and physiology studied in ?knock-out? mice" in Oslo
2001
EMMANUEL MIGNOT
Professor Gave the prize lecture "The molecular basis for the sleep disorder Narcolepsy in canine and humans. Future prospects for disease intervention" in Oslo
2001
J. GREGOR SUTCLIFFE
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "The hypocretins: discovery, characterization and its local and general physiological effects" in Oslo
1999
E. ROTHMAN
Gave the Prize lecture "The Minimal Machinery for Vesicle Transport" in Copenhagen
1998
ERKKI RUOSLAHTI
Dr., gave the Prize lecture "Integrins and tumor metastasis" in MarieHamn
1997
JEFF FRIEDMAN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Recent developments in leptin research" in Göteborg
1995
THEODORE FRIEDMANN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture " Gene therapy; present status and future perspectives in medicine" in Oslo
1994
OLE HOLGER PETERSEN
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Cytosolic Ca2+ signals. Specific spatiotemporal patterns allow selective regulation of various cellular functions" in Copenhagen
1993
PER A. PETERSON
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Antigen presentation or how to help the immune system" in Helsinki
1991
ROLF LUFT
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Luft’s disease – revisited" in Stockholm
1990
ALLEN M. SPIEGEL
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Receptor-effector coupling by GTP-binding proteins: implications" in Oslo
1989
LESLIE J. DEGROOT
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "Thyroid hormone receptors and action – many answers, many questions" in Copenhagen
1988
MORTON K. SCHWARTZ
Dr., gave the Prize lecture "Tumor markers" in Kuopio
1987
ABNER NOTKINS
Dr., gave the Prize lecture "Tracking the causes of diabetes mellitus from viruses to autoimmunity" in Stockholm
1986
J. DENIS MCGARRY
Professor, gave the Prize lecture "From dietary glucose to liver glycogen - new perspectives" in Oslo
1985
JACOB E. POULSEN
Overlæge, dr.med., gave the Prize lecture "50 years? experience with protamine insulin" in Madrid
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The Novo Nordisk Foundation donates DKK 1,500,000 annually to fund the Prize.
Additional information

Susanne E. Hede
Scientific Officer
Novo Nordisk Foundation
suhq@novo.dk

Application Info

The Prize is not open to application and is awarded under the auspices of the Nordic Research Committee.

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