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September 23, 2019 - Medix Prize Award Ceremony and Prize Lectures
Biomedicum Helsinki 1, Lecture Hall 2, at 13:15 - 14:30.
MEDIX PRIZE OF THE MINERVA FOUNDATION 2019
MEDIX PRIZES FOR RESEARCH INTO PROSTATE CANCER AND CHILDHOOD-ONSET CARDIOMYOPATHIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OULU AND HELSINKI
The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize has been awarded to two research groups.
The research group of Professor Gong-Hong Wei at the University of Oulu, collaborating with the group of genetic predisposition to cancer led by Professor Johanna Schleutker at University of Turku, was recognised for the discovery of the genetic mechanism of aggressive prostate cancer. The research group of Academy Professor Anu Wartiovaara at the University of Helsinki, working in cooperation with the group of paediatric cardiologists headed by Tiina Ojala at Helsinki Children’s Hospital, was awarded for its research into the genetic basis of severe childhood-onset cardiomyopathies. Both prizes are €20,000.
The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize is a major annual award for internationally recognised medical research in Finland. The Minerva Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and therefore it awarded two prizes instead of the customary one. The award categories were biomedical basic research and research into clinical medicine.
Picture: Professor Gong-Hong Wei’s research group studied the genomics and genetic systems of aggressive prostate cancer. Members of the research group from left at the rear: BSc Arto Alatalo, MSc Jihan Xia, MSc Binjie Luo, PhD Xiayun Yang, MSc Qin Zhang, Professor Gong-Hong Wei, Adjunct Professor Aki Manninen. At the front from left: MSc Nikolaos Giannareas, PhD Karim Ullah, MSc Sara Cruz.
Professor Wei’s research group was recognised for its work in biomedical basic research. The group has discovered a novel molecular-level mechanism to explain why some men are more susceptible to the aggressive form of prostate cancer. The research offers new insights into the risk stratification of aggressive prostate cancer and clinical treatment.
Picture: The research group headed by Academy Professor Anu Wartiovaara studied the genetic background of severe childhood-onset cardiomyopathies. Members of the research group, from left: Docent, Specialist in Paediatric Cardiology Tiina Ojala; MD, PhD, Academy Professor, Chief Medical Officer Anu Wartiovaara; MSc, doctoral student Catalina Vasilescu; MD, Specialist in Paediatric Cardiology Anita Hiippala; Docent, Paediatric Cardiology Chief of Department Jaana Pihkala; MD, PhD, Professor, Head of Tertiary Paediatrics Eero Jokinen; MD PhD Eino Palin.
Academy Professor Wartiovaara’s research group was recognised for its research in clinical medicine. The group has studied the genetic mechanisms of severe childhood-onset cardiomyopathies. The results of its research can be significantly utilised in the making of treatment decisions and the development of therapeutic strategies.
The Medix prize, awarded by the University of Helsinki, was awarded for the 32nd time. The prize is donated to the University of Helsinki by the Minerva Foundation. The Minerva Foundation maintains the Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research at Biomedicum Helsinki.
The prize is awarded annually for excellent Finnish scientific research published as one article during the previous year. The research is to be in the fields of biomedicine or clinical medicine and performed fully or in its essential parts in Finland. The awardee is selected by a committee consisting of representatives from the universities of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Eastern Finland and Oulu, who are appointed for three years.
The research groups receive the Medix prizes and give a lecture on 23 September 2019 at 1.15 p.m. Address: Luentosali 2, Biomedicum, Haartmaninkatu 8, Helsinki, Finland
Further information on the Medix Prize and the Minerva Foundation:
Professor Vesa Olkkonen, +358 (0)50 411 2297, vesa.olkkonen(at)helsinki.fi
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SELMA AND MAJA-LISA SELANDER'S FUND FOR RESEARCH IN ODONTOLOGY
From Selma and Maja-Lisa Selander’s fund 14 grants were awarded 2019, in all 95.000 euros.