The Jacobæus award for 2021 will be awarded at a symposium in Bergen at Opus XVI on Thursday 21st April. The symposium is open for everyone and free. It will also be live streamed.
The recipient of the Jacobæus prize for 2021 is professor Stafford Lightman from the University of Bristol. Stafford Lightman has made fundamental advances – at both conceptual and practical levels – to our understanding of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, a key hormonal system to tackle stress. Lightman showed that the well-know circadian cortisol rhythm was made up of hourly pulses subject to alteration by a number of external factors. Stafford also pioneered the development of methods to capture these rhythms in humans by ambulatory sampling of tissue fluid, techniques that are now used in the clinic.
The Jacobæus Prize is the oldest prize of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It was established in 1939 to commemorate the Swedish professor Hans Christian Jacobæus. The purpose of the Prize is to promote medical research and is awarded annually to a distinguished international researcher, who is invited to give a lecture on his or her research on a topic within physiology or endocrinology. The accompanying award of DKK 1,500,000 (€200,000) is distributed as a personal award of DKK 250,000 and an award for research or development work of DKK 1,250,000.
Program and registration: (Registration is also mandatory for live stream).
1200-1300: Registration and lunch
1300-1310: Introduction of the prize and prizewinner Stafford Lightman
Eystein Husebye, University of Bergen
1310-1400: Jacobæus award lecture: The HPA-axis in health and disease
Stafford Lightmann, University of Bristol
1410-1445 Mathematical modelling of hormone dynamics
John Terry, University of Birmingham
1450-1520 Coffee break
1520-1555 Sex reversal and autoimmunity
Olle Kämpe, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
1600-1635 Primary hyperaldosteronism, novel diagnostics and treatment
Martin Reincke, Ludwig-Maxmillians-Universität, München
1640-1715 The adrenal stem cell, therapeutic options
Gary Hammer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1720-1745 General discussion (panel with the speakers)
1745-1750 Closing remarks