Published: 2022-04-27 09:45 | Updated: 2022-05-02 14:47

Jorge Ruas is awarded the Med Dr Axel Hirsch prize 2022

Jorge Ruas, photo_Paulo Jannig
Jorge Ruas Photo: Paulo Jannig

Jorge Ruas is awarded this years Med Dr Axel Hirsch prize for his pioneering studies of the molecular and chemical mechanisms that explain how physical exercise can be of benefit for the whole body.

Jorge Ruas is professor of Molecular Physiology and group leader for the Molecular and Cellular Exercise Physiology research group.

The prize is awarded annually by the Committee for Research at Karolinska Institutet as "recognition for a scientific article of high value published by a Swedish scientific researcher". 

The motivation from the expert panel is:
"Jorge L Ruas is awarded the Med Dr Axel Hirsch Prize for research in chemistry /physiology for his pioneering studies of the molecular and chemical mechanisms that explain how physical exercise can be of benefit for the whole body. His findings that muscle cells secrete so-called "Myokines", which Ruas found consist of molecules such as the kynurenine metabolites of the amino acid tryptophan and the protein neurturin, and that he found these molecules to improve both mental health and the functions of the immune system through cell-to-cell communication from muscles to nerves and immune cells, have received well-deserved worldwide attention." 

The prize is awarded at the Professors inauguration ceremony.