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Research prizes from the Carlsberg Foundation to researchers from University of Copenhagen
Date:9/20/2012

The Carlsberg Foundations Research Prizes 2012 goes to Professor in molecular biology Kristian Helin and Professor in international politics Ole Wver. Each researcher receives 1 million DKK where should be spend on further research.

"The two prizes are given with a large degree of freedom for use. Both prize winners are internationally leading scientists in their field and the prizes are awarded with full confidence of that they will promote new scientific breakthroughs," says the chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation's board Flemming Besenbacher and continues:

"It is the type of research that the two prize winners represents that are crucial for future growth in Denmark."

Breakthrough in cancer research

Professor Kristian Helin from BRIC receives the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize in natural sciences for his outstanding basic research in the mechanisms controlling cell division and differentiation.

"The focus of my research is on how specific mechanisms can control our gene activity, and so to speak turn genes on or off at specific time points during development and differentiation. The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize is a great acknowledgement of my work and of basic science in general," says Kristian Helin.

Kristian Helin's research has further contributed with important knowledge of what goes wrong in the cells when cancer occurs. This can lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatment through development of new therapeutics. In addition to his scientific work, Kristian Helin is the founding director of BRIC and has since 2003 been responsible for building up BRIC to an international elite research centre with 250 employees.

Conflict and new rules of the game

Professor, PhD Ole Wver is awarded the prize for his long-standing work - in Denmark and abroad - with theories on international politics, security theory, religious conflicts and high politics of climate.

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Contact: Katrine Sonne-Hansen
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