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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 events are open to everyone.

Welcome in November 2021!

Read our news story on the awards in 2020 (in Norwegian) and the awards in 2021 (in Norwegian).

About the winners of Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research 2021

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Professor Poul Nissen.
Photo: Kennet Ruona/Karolinska institutet

The 2021 Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research and its NOK 1 million prize

Is awared to Professor Poul Nissen, Aarhus University. Professor Nissen receives this award for his groundbreaking research on the structure and function of membrane proteins. The findings of the award winner are important for understanding and treating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and psychiatric disorders. The award is in the sum of NOK 1 million.




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Professor Barbara van Loon.
Photo: NTNU/Thor Nielsen.

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

Is awared to Professor Barbara van Loon at NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She receives this award for her studies of the cellular response to DNA damage and the importance this has for cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders.


Two medical prizes will be awarded each year:

  • The Anders Jahre Medical Prize for outstanding scientific activity or results within Nordic medicine. The prize amounts to NOK 1 000 000 (approximately €108200).
  • The Anders Jahre Medical Prize to young medical investigators within the Nordic countries. The candidate must be below the age of 40 by June 15, 2022. NOK 400 000 (approximately €43 300).

All professors of medicine serving in a Nordic country are invited to nominate potential awardees, before 1 February 2022. 

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.



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The Award Ceremony

The Selection Commitee