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Lundbeck Foundation awards Talent Prize to promising medical student

One of Lundbeck Foundation's 2015 Talent Prizes goes to 27-year-old medical student Christian Ovesen from the University of Copenhagen. The Prize is a personal, honorary award of DKK 100,000 given to particularly promising scientists under the age of 30.

Lundbeck Foundation is awarding the Talent Prize to Christian Ovesen for his obvious talent and the great dedication to research that he has already shown in spite of the fact that he has not yet completed his studies.

“Christian is clearly a great talent. He is dedicated to his work and he has produced some really challenging projects, both personal and related to research. He constantly strives to improve and, even though he has not yet qualified, he already has prolific scientific output. Christian is a shooting star in every way and this recognition in the form of Lundbeck Foundation's Talent Prize will help encourage him to continue his work,” says Hanne Christensen, consultant and professor of neurology at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Clinical Medicine and Christian Ovesen’s supervisor. Professor Christensen was one of the people who nominated Christian for the Talent Prize.

Christian Ovesen focuses his research on acute treatment of cerebral haemorrhages. 30 percent of all patients experience repeat bleeding after hospitalisation for a cerebral haemorrhage. Christian Ovesen has discovered that these rehaemorrhages occur within eight hours of the appearance of the first symptoms, and he has helped develop a method to predict which patients are particularly at risk of rehaemorrhage.

Based on this knowledge, he will begin a treatment trial after his final examination. His aim is to clarify whether tranexamic acid, which is known to increase the blood’s ability to coagulate, can be used to limit the occurrence of rehaemorrhage in patients, and thus the ultimate size of the cerebral haemorrhage. It is hoped that this will significantly improve the prognosis for patients, since there will be less damage to the brain during a cerebral haemorrhage if there is less bleeding.

The young scientist has taken a sabbatical from his studies to research for a year, and he is deeply committed to research. He says himself that he “studies medicine in his spare time”. This is part of the reason why he has already developed professional research skills and has published as many as 14 scientific articles in internationally renowned journals.

In addition to his direct involvement in research, Christian Ovesen has also served as chairman of the Panum Institute Youth Research Association (PUFF). In this capacity, he worked to raise students’ awareness of research, to motivate others to try their hand at research and, not least, to increase the qualifications of student researchers.

“It’s a fantastic honour to receive the Talent Prize. I’m extremely motivated by the fact that there are people who appreciate my work in this way. It gives me loads of extra energy that I’ll apply to my research,” says Christian Ovesen, who is extremely humbled by the award.

About Lundbeck Foundation's Talent Prize
Lundbeck Foundation's Talent Prize is a personal honorary award of DKK 100,000, granted each year to three to five scientists under 30 years of age who have produced particularly promising research in biomedical science.

It is not possible to apply for this Prize. It is awarded based on well-founded nominations submitted to the Foundation by leading scientists at Danish universities and other research institutions.

For additional information:
Regitze Reeh, head of communications, Lundbeck Foundation, tel.: +45 3054 6608+45 3054 6608, email: rr@lundbeckfonden.com 

Christian Ovesen, medical student, University of Copenhagen, tel.: +45 2465 7114+45 2465 7114, email: covesen@gmail.com