Ralph Gräsbeck Scholarship for Research in Laboratory Medicine – Decision 2022

The 2022 Ralph Gräsbeck Scholarship for Research in Laboratory Medicine is awarded to M.D., Dr.Med.Sci, Docent Oscar Brück at Helsinki University Hospital. The Ralph Gräsbeck Scholarship is granted to Brück for his research “The cytomorphological digital twin“.

The Ralph Gräsbeck Scholarship is awarded every other year for a scientist who has defended his/her doctoral thesis during the past seven years in the field of laboratory medicine and continued innovative and high-quality research in the same field. The amount of the scholarship is 10.000 EUR and this is the third time the scholarship is awarded.

Minerva Foundation’s Bror-Axel Lamberg Prize in Endocrinology 2021

The 2021 Bror-Axel Lamberg Prize in Endocrinology is awarded to Professor Olle Kämpe at Department of Medicine (Solna), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The prize is 10.000€ and this was the third time the prize was awarded.The award ceremony took place on Thursday, 4 November 2021, on the 74th Annual Meeting of the Finnish Endocrine Society. The chairman of the board of directors of the Minerva Foundation, Professor Caj Haglund, delivered the prize.

The motivation of the Prize Committee: “Olle Kämpe has a record of accomplishment in endocrine research spanning three decades and covering studies from basic genetic studies to registry and epidemiology research. The red thread in his research has been autoimmune endocrine diseases.

Kämpe has described several autoantigens and autoantibodies in organ-specific autoimmune diseases. His research is characterized by broad and complementary methodological approaches including the use of untraditional disease models to understand the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and his work has significantly improved the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients.

Kämpe has received numerous awards. In 2010 he was elected member of The Swedish Royal Academy of Science and in 2016 member of the Nobel Assembly. He is currently member of the Nobel Committee for Medicine or Physiology. He received the European Hormone Medal in 2020.”

The Minerva Foundation’s Bror-Axel Lamberg Prize in Endocrinology is a 10.000€ prize awarded every other year in the Annual Meeting of the Finnish Endocrine Society. It is awarded to a Scandinavian scientist for innovative, high-quality research in the field of endocrinology. The Finnish Endocrine Society nominates three candidates for the prize from whom the Minerva Foundation selects the winner. The first prize, year 2017, was honored to a Professor of Physiology Jorma Toppari at the University of Turku.

Medix Prize 2021 awarded to research groups of the University of Helsinki

Award Ceremony and Lectures on Monday September 20 at 12 noon

The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize 2021 is awarded to an article published in Cell by research groups of the University of Helsinki:

Maternal Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Cesarean-Born Infants Rapidly Restores Normal Gut Microbial Development: A Proof-of-Concept Study
. Korpela K, Helve O, Kolho KL, Saisto T, Skogberg K, Dikareva E, Stefanovic V, Salonen A, Andersson S, de Vos WM. Cell. 2020; 183(2):324-334.e5

Zoom link to Medix Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture on 20 September 2021 at 12 noon: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737

Medix Prize Lectures are given by

Professor Willem M de Vos
University of Helsinki, Finland
Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Human Microbiome and Early Life.


Professor Otto Helve
University of Helsinki
Helsinki University Hospital

Maternal Fecal Microbiota Transplantation.


The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize 2021

Award Ceremony and Lecture on Monday, September 20, at 12:00.

HiLIFE Webinars – Fall 2021 – Join the webinar https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/63015516737

The award lecture will be in the area of gut microbiota. Media release is published on September 20, 2021.

The Medix Prize by the Minerva Foundation is an important annual award for internationally high-level Finnish medical research. The Medix Prize is, in a manner of speaking, the Finnish championship for biomedicine. This year the Medix Prize will be awarded for the 34rd time.

The Medix Prize is awarded by the University of Helsinki, and is donated to the university by the Minerva Foundation, which funds the Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research at Biomedicum Helsinki.