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Lifetime achievement award for pancreas research

22 June 2010

The award for ‘Outstanding Contributions to Pancreatology’ was presented at the Club’s 42nd meeting in Stockholm, an annual event 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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Lowri Jones
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E: joneslc3@cardiff.acuk

Notes to Editors

1. An image of Professor Petersen is available on request.

2. Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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BIOSI7 – Lifetime Achievement Ole Petersen