Awards for research prizes and grants 2016
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PRIZE
Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux, The Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
Changeux is one of very few living researchers who have managed to make their mark within several branches of science. Many of the terms that now drive modern science can be traced back to Changeux and his original findings. This prize honours a researcher who has connected a deep understanding of molecules and their regulation to new insights into the functions and diseases of the brain. This insight has led to innovations in the treatment of neurological diseases, and will remain an inspiration to researchers for many decades to come.
NATIONAL PRIZES FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Professor Karin Pittman (biology/aquaculture), University of Bergen
Pittmann leads courses at master’s level. On these courses, students are expected to collaborate with external participants outside the university.
Professor Vidar Selås (zoology, ecology, nature management), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
Selås has developed nature management courses at various study levels. As a part of these courses, students live at a research station over time and receive a multidisciplinary introduction to methods in the study of nature, etc.
Professor Inger Njølstad (medicine), UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
Njølstad has developed and implemented a new syllabus for the training of doctors. Here, a scientific foundation for a changed medicines education is provided, as well as information about how new teaching methods strengthen the student’s ability to manage complex (and new) diseases and conditions.
Professor Hans Petter Langtangen (informatics), University of Oslo
Langtangen has been a pioneer within innovation in the teaching of programming and in several other fields.
Associate professor Christian Jørgensen (biology and evolutionary ecology), University of Bergen
Jørgensen has developed active, dialogue-based teaching methods that have become highly appreciated by both colleagues and students. This is particularly apparent in regular student evaluations.
Professor Per Grøttum (medicine), University of Oslo
Grøttum has worked with digital teaching and examination methods within the education of medical students at the University of Oslo.
FUNDING FOR NORDIC RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS WITHIN MEDICINE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE, HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE FOLLOWING THREE PROJECTS
Developing a novel experimental approach to identify subjects at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
by Professor Maiken Nedergaard, University of Copenhagen and Professor Erlend A. Nagelhus, University of Oslo.
Interactions between reelin and amyloid-beta in the entorhinal cortex – A possible initiator of Alzheimer’s disease
by Professors Menno P. Witter and Cliff Kentros, NTNU, Professor Gunnar Gouras, Lund University and Professor Heikki Tanila, University of Eastern Finland.
The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease: a search for therapeutic strategies
by Professors Lene Juel Rasmussen and Vilhelm Bohr, University of Copenhagen, Professor Tone Tønjum , University of Oslo and Professor Joakim Lundeberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology / Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
FUNDING FOR NATIONAL TEACHING-RELATED RESEARCH PROJECTS HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE FOLLOWING FIVE PROJECTS
by Professor Anna-Lena Kjøniksen (physical chemistry, engineering science), Østfold University College.
Infectious parasites in wild animals in Norwegian zoos: focus from a “one-health” perspective (ParaWild)
by Professor Lucy Robertson (parasitology) and Assistant Professor John Debenham, NMBU.
Ecosystem, climate and variation in a “mini marine ecosystem”: a West Norwegian fjord
by Professor Anna Gro Vea Salvanes (biology), University of Bergen.
Complex top-down mathematical algorithms: Monte Carlo methods explained by students to students
by Associate Professor Titus van Erp (chemistry), NTNU
Physical illness and cardiovascular disease, overlapping mechanisms
by Professor Ole A. Andreassen (medicine), University of Oslo.