Published: 05-09-2018 15:54 | Updated: 05-09-2018 15:55

Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm awarded Karolinska Institutet’s Grand Silver Medal

Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm are awarded Karolinska Institutet’s Grand Silver Medal 2018. They are given the medal for their great contributions to support KI’s activities.

Since 2010, Karolinska Institutet awards medals to people who have made special contributions to support KI. Now this years recipients of the Grand Silver Medal are announced:

Laura Fratiglioni, professor, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, KI

Laura Fratiglioni is one of the leading international researchers in epidemiology of aging. She is awarded the medal for her outstanding contributions to Karolinska Institutet in science, doctoral education and leadership and innovation. With her strong clinical and scientific background, Laura Fratiglioni is often sought out as an expert in aging and she has strongly contributed to the international profile of KI in this field. Her work has contributed to the use of epidemiologic methods in agin research. Thereto, Laura Fratiglioni is devoted to communicating her research findings to the general public.

Bertil Fredholm, professor emeritus, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, KI

Bertil Fredholm, professor emeritus.Bertil Fredholm is awarded for his outstanding contributions to research and doctoral education in the area of pharmacology. Bertil Fredholm is one of KI’s most internationally acclaimed researchers. His discoveries are related to the molecule adenosine and its receptors, and he was among the first to describe ways in which caffein affects the body. Bertil Fredholm has been a member of the Nobel Committee for eighteen years, including two as its chairperson. He has also devoted a great deal of time to teaching, and was a highly regarded teacher at bot the undergraduate and doctoral levels.

Håkan Eriksson, professor emeritus, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, KI

Håkan Eriksson is awarded the medal for his exceptional contributions to KI and to Swedish medical research. Håkan Eriksson is distinguished by a strong and innovative research career within reproduction biology, but also his extensive contributions to KI and to Swedish research policy. For fifteen years he was the Director of Studies at the Department of Medical Chemistry, and a driving force behind efforts to strengthen the clinical connection of the education. His work was of crucial importance, particular during the 1990s, when KI underwent a period of great change. The result of these changes included more efficient processes and higher quality research, education and collaboration throughout KI.

The medals will be awarded in conjunction with the installation ceremony in Aula Medica in October.