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Professor Ole Holger Petersen FRS

Professor Ole Holger Petersen CBE FRS, MRC Professor and Director of Cardiff School of Biosciences

Professor Ole Holger Petersen

Elected a Fellow of The Royal Society for his major contributions to the understanding of the cell physiology of calcium signalling.

In 2000 Professor Ole Petersen was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society for his major contributions to the understanding of the cell physiology of calcium signalling. He provided the first demonstration of hormone-elicited, messenger-mediated ion channel activation. He discovered the phenomenon whereby calcium entering the cell at one end diffuses to the other end through the endoplasmic reticulum. Finally, he showed that the nuclear envelope provides an additional store from which calcium can be released.

Professor Petersen’s career has led to many awards, including the Purkynje Medal from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for his services to science. He has more than 300 academic articles to his name, including 14 published in Nature. He has been cited in the scientific literature more than 16,000 times.

He has been Vice-President of the Royal Society from 2005-6 and has been Secretary-General of the International Union of Physiological Sciences. The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, of which he is a Foreign Member, held a symposium in his honour in 2008.

He was presented with The European Pancreatic Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to research on the pancreas at the organisation’s 42nd Annual Meeting in Stockholm in June 2010.

In August 2010, Professor Petersen was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, one of the world's oldest and most important academic societies.

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