Nordic Medical Prize to Sweden and Finland

The Swedish professor Claes Ohlsson at the Sahlgrenska Academy and the Finnish professor Kalervo Väänänen at Åbo university, were Wednesday 7 March 2007 awarded the Nordic medical prize SalusAnsvarpriset 2006.
The SalusAnsvar Award of 1 million SEK is the second biggest Nordic medical award, second only to the Nobel Prize. The prize rewards “excellent achievements” in research which has a direct impact on people’s everyday life.

The two researchers received the prize for their achievements in research on osteoporosis. – 50 % of Swedish women and 25 % of the male population over the age of 50 will have at least one fracture caused by osteoporosis, says professor Claes Ohlsson.

The chairman of the SalusAnsvar foundation, Björn Rydevik, emphasizes that both researchers have made substantial contributions to the development of new methods for diagnosing, preventing and treating osteoporosis.