Navigation Links
ESF awards 13th European Latsis Prize to James Vaupel on pioneering demographic research

Strasbourg -- The European Science Foundation (ESF) has awarded this year's European Latsis Prize to Professor James W. Vaupel, of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. The theme for this year's prize was "Demography." Professor Vaupel was awarded the prize for his contributions to research on ageing and lifespan, and his profound influence on demographic research. The Prize was awarded on the eve of the Annual Assembly of the European Science Foundation, which will take place on 24 November in Strasbourg, France.

The European Latsis Prize, entering its 13th year, is valued at 100,000 Swiss francs (80,000). The Prize is funded by the Geneva-based Latsis Foundation and awarded by the ESF to an individual or a research group who, in the opinion of their peers, has made the greatest contribution to a particular field of European research. The theme "Mathematics" has been chosen for the 2012 Latsis Prize.

"The recognition of my work into demographic research is extremely flattering and I am delighted to be considered for such an esteemed award," commented Vaupel. "This research has been my life work and I am extremely passionate about it. The world is continually changing and demographic changes are quite fascinating. I like to say based on our research that 70 year-olds today are as healthy as 60 year-olds were 50 years ago. We are gaining about two additional years of healthy life every decade."

James Vaupel is honoured for a lifetime of groundbreaking research into the biology of ageing, the statistics of senescence and the connection between public health and longevity. His key papers on mortality and lifespan have each been cited many hundreds of times, and he has been honoured by the Ipsen Foundation in France and twice by the Population Association of America. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The Latsis Prize announced in the month that the planet's human population reached 7 billion highlights the importance of both the discipline and his contribution to it.

He founded the Max Planck Institute in Rostock in 1996 and turned it into one of the world's leading centres of demographic research. He and colleagues have looked for lessons about the dynamics of ageing going also beyond the human species to see if senescence is a property of all complex systems. But perhaps his most dramatic contribution is in the contention that there seems no looming limit to human lifespan: an argument he put with Jim Oeppen in Science in 2002.

The criteria used in the selection procedure are scientific excellence, societal impact, and contribution to European progress. The nominations were evaluated by a jury of eminent scientists in the field. Sir Roderick Floud, chairman of the jury that selected Professor Vaupel as the winner of this year's prize remarks "Professor Vaupel was chosen because of his seminal contributions to several different fields within demography, his central role in the development of demographic research and training in Europe, and the importance of his work for the understanding of the "grand challenge" of population ageing in Europe."

Contact: Shira Tabachnikoff, ESF
European Science Foundation

Related medicine news :

1. Awards honor UT Dallas researcher and Ph.D. students
2. CDC and Prevention awards Mayo Clinic an international medical education grant
3. FDA awards Georgetown University a Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science & Innovation
4. USAID awards cooperative agreement to CONRAD for multipurpose prevention study
5. US Army awards $1.5 million for sleep research
6. Georgia Tech researchers receive 3 NSF Emerging Frontiers awards
7. 2 scientists at the University of Texas at Austin receive early career awards from White House
8. US Department of Defense awards University of South Florida $1.59 million for musculoskeletal research
9. University Hospitals Case Medical Center awarded 2011 fellowship awards for pain medicine, epilepsy
10. NCI awards $19.3m for multisite investigation of cancer disparities
11. Elsevier congratulates Dr. Charles Silverstein upon his receipt of 2 awards
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible ... often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human ... but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, ... presented a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary ... part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin ... companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and ... This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) in concert ... capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events and professional ... than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen ... and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical ... that Bill Messer has joined the ... further leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 The Academy of Managed Care ... that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily ... make formulary and coverage decisions, a move that addresses ... medicines. The recommendations address restrictions in the ... the drug label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., ... developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it was ... Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. and ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief ... shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: