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Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research

Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research honor research of outstanding quality in basic and clinical medicine. The prizes are awarded by the University of Oslo and are among the largest within Nordic biomedical research.

The award ceremony for 2020 is postponed until 2021. The prizes for 2020 will be handed out in the University Aula on 4 November at 6 pm together with the prizes for 2021. There will be lectures with all the prize winners in Professorboligen earlier the same day.

The arrangements are open to everyone.

Welcome in 2021!

Read our news story on the awards (in Norwegian)



Nomination and general inquiries

The Selection Committee

The Award Ceremony

Gry Kolbjørnsen
Tel. +47 22 85 40 13

About the winners of Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research 2020

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Jiri Lukas og Jiri Bartek shares the 2020 Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research. Photo: Kennet Ruona/Karolinska institutet

The 2020 Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research and its NOK 1 million prize

Will be split between

  • professor Jiri Lukas from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and
  • professor Jiri Bartek from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Bartek and Lukas will receive the award for their groundbreaking work in registering how proteins involved in the regulation of cell cycles and DNA repair contribute to protecting genes and preventing the development of cancer. Bartek and Lukas are both among the most frequently cited researchers in the Nordic region and their research has led to new principles in cancer treatment.

Read more about their research

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Niklas Björkström. Foto: Markus Marcetic.

The Anders Jahre Award for young researchers and the accompanying NOK 400,000 prize

Is awarded to

  • Dr. Niklas Björkström, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden,

for his discoveries of how NK cells develop and function in physiological and pathological situations, especially in viral and malignant liver disease.

Read more about Björkströms research

About the award

In 1953, Anders Jahre, a Norwegian shipowner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, donated one million Norwegian kroner to the University of Oslo, later followed by several additional endowments. These were used to establish the Anders Jahre Foundation for the Promotion of Science.

Previous prize winners

The Anders Jahre's Award for Medical Research was bestowed for the first time in 1960. Since 1965, the award has consisted of two prizes: a main prize and a prize for young scientists.