Carlsberg Research Prize 2012 to Kristian Helin
The Carlsberg Foundation's Research Prize 2012 in natural sciences goes to BRIC Director, professor Kristian Helin for his outstanding basic research
in epigenetic control of cell division and differentiation
Breakthrough in cancer research
- The focus of my research is on how epigenetic mechanisms can control 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.
The results from Kristian Helin’s research group are landmarks in basic epigenetic research. The results also contribute to the understanding of how cancer develops and can lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatments. In addition to his scientific work, Kristian Helin is the founding director of BRIC (Biotech Research & Innovation Centre) and has since 2003 been responsible for the creation of an international elite research centre with currently 250 employees. In 2008 Kristian Helin co-founded the biotech company EpiTherapeutics, that seeks to develop novel innovative cancer drugs based on the science in his laboratory.
The Carlsberg Foundation Prize
In addition to the prize in natural sciences, the Carlsberg Foundation also awards a researcher within the humanities or social sciences, this year Professor Ole Wæver, Department of Political Sciences, University of Copenhagen, for his research in international politics. Each research prize amounts to 1 million DKK, where ¾ should be spend on further research.
-The prizes are given with full confidence in that they will lead to new scientific breakthroughs, says the chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation’s board Flemming Besenbacher and continues: It is the kind of research that the two prize winners represents, which are crucial for future growth in Denmark.
The Carlsberg Foundation
Besides their two research prizes, the Carlsberg Foundation awards research grants in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and philosophy, arts and social sciences in Denmark. In 2011, the foundation awarded in total 120 million DKK to Danish Science.
The Carlsberg Foundation is the first established commercially-driven foundation in the world, founded in 1876 by Brewer J.C. Jacobsen. The foundation works to pursue excellence and quality and established their research prizes in 2011 in relation to the 200-year birthday of J.C. Jacobsen.
Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chair of the Carlsberg Foundation’s board:
Phone: 33 43 53 63
Mobile: 23 38 22 04
Professor Kristian Helin, Director, BRIC
Mobile: 28 75 56 68
Research Coordinator Katrine Sonne-Hansen, BRIC