Minerva Foundation’s Bror-Axel Lamberg prize has been awarded to Professor Pirjo Nuutila.
At the Finnish Endocrine Society Endocrinology days on Nov 2, 2023, prof. Pirjo Nuutila was awarded the Minerva Foundation’s Bror-Axel Lamberg prize, the prize sum being 10,000 €. The prize is awarded every other year to an exceptionally merited Scandinavian researcher in the field of endocrinology. This year the prize was awarded for the 4th time.
Pirjo Nuutila is professor of metabolic research at the National PET center functioning in the context of Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku research community. She also functions as chief physician of endocrinology at the Turku University Hospital. Prof. Nuutila is one of the most appreciated specialists of functional imaging in endocrinology. Her globally recognized studies have revealed new physiologic routes involved in insulin resistance and obesity as well as improved the diagnostic options available for the diagnostics of endocrine tumors. A special strength of Nuutila’s are innovative imaging techniques employing positron emission tomography (PET) with radioactive tracer substances.
Photographer Jyrki Mustonen
Prof. Nuutila is an active participant of the global scientific and endocrinology community. She is a long-standing member of the European Society of Endocrinologists (ESE) and has acted as chair of the Finnish Endocrine Society. She has presented her work as invited main lecturer in many conferences of ESE and other international conferences. Before the present award, her work has been recognized with a number of prestigious research awards, such as the Novo Nordisk Foundation Lecturer prize in 2022, the Ray A. Kroc prize in 2018, and the Steno medal in 2015.
The Minerva Foundation maintains a medical research institute at the Biomedicum Helsinki research center. The foundation also supports medical research by awarding stipendia, and, in addition to the Bror-Axel Lamberg award, the annual Medix award.
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