Published: 2021-03-25 16:59 | Updated: 2021-03-26 09:34

Innovative research on glaucoma is awarded the Axel Hirsch Prize 2021

PhD Pete Williams, active at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, is awarded the Medicine Dr Axel Hirsch Prize for his innovative research in glaucoma.

Pete Williams, photo by Bryan Jones
Pete Williams, photo by Bryan Jones

The motivation from the expert panel is:

"PhD Pete Williams receives Medical Doctor Axel Hirsch Prize in ophthalmology. Williams receives the prize for his groundbreaking studies on glaucoma and the discovery that metabolic dysfunction casues mitochondrial abnormalities and neurodegeneration in patients with glaucoma. By restoring the metabolic balance with common vitamin B, Williams has in animal models shown that the neurodegeneration can be prevented. The studies pave the way for neuroprotective treatment of glaucoma and other neurodegenerative diseases."

Further information about Pete Williams´ research group. 

The Axel Hirsch Prize is awarded annually by the Committee of Research at Karolinska Institutet, in "recognition for a scientific article of high value, published by a Swedish scientist". Prize winners are chosen through nomination.

Pete Williams receives the Prize in conjunction with the professor inauguration ceremony at Karolinska Institutet on October 14, 2021.