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Lifetime achievement award for pancreas research

21 June 2010

Professor Ole Petersen honoured by European Pancreatic ClubProfessor Ole Petersen honoured by European Pancreatic Club

The European Pancreatic Club, the world’s first scientific society dedicated to the study of the pancreas, has presented its lifetime achievement award to Professor Ole Petersen, Director of Cardiff School of Biosciences.

The award for ‘Outstanding contributions to Pancreatology’ was presented at the Club’s 42nd annual meeting in Stockholm, which was organised by Professor Johan Permert from the world famous Karolinska Institute.

Professor Peter Hegyi, the Club’s past president, made the award at the midsummer feast held in the Stockholm Archipelago.

In his illustrated presentation, Professor Hegyi highlighted Ole Petersen’s pioneering work on pancreatic ion channels and calcium balance, published in numerous articles in Nature and Cell, which had provided the basis for understanding the normal function of the pancreas.

Peter Hegyi also cited Ole Petersen’s very recent work on the mechanism by which alcohol and alcohol-derived products damage the pancreas as an example of the ground-breaking work now being carried out at Cardiff University.

Professor Hegyi said: "Professor Ole Petersen is the most recognized basic scientist in the field of pancreatology. He has made extraordinary contributions to pancreatic research. I am not aware of anyone else in the field who has come close to his achievements."

Professor Petersen said: "The European Pancreatic Club was established to bring together basic scientists and clinicians and promote communication about pancreatic research. It continues to be the premier forum for discussions of pancreatic diseases. Over the years, it has promoted some significant advances in the understanding of the pancreas, and it is therefore a great honour for me to be recognised by the Club in this way."

The Club’s award is the most recent of many honours and distinctions for Professor Petersen’s work. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Last week, he was reappointed Chair of the European Research Council’s Physiology, Pathophysiology & Endocrinology Panel.

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