Mr. Poul Nissen receives the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize, Februar 11th, 2017
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Professor, and LINX Scientific Director Poul Nissen from Aarhus University is this year’s receiver of the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize. Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Through his research, Poul Nissen has clarified in detail, among other things, how ions and nutrients are transported into and out of cells. This fundamental knowledge is very significant for understanding life processes and in combating disease.
Cells in the human body maintain large differences in the concentrations of positive ions, such as sodium and potassium, between the inside and outside of the cells through ion pumps located in the membrane lipids of the cells. These differences in concentration function like the current in a battery and are used by the cells for numerous basic transport and signal functions. They also play a key role in the cell’s ability to regulate such factors as their shape and volume and are very actively involved in such processes as muscle, kidney and heart functioning. These ion pumps are thus extremely important for basic bodily functions and can result in disease if they do not operate correctly.
The Novo Nordisk Prize is awarded to recognize unique medical research or other research contributions that benefit medical science. The Prize is accompanied by DKK 3 million awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
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