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Lundbeck Foundation's Research Prize for Young Scientists is awarded to Professor Robert Fenton

Lundbeck Foundation is rewarding Robert A. Fenton’s outstanding research in molecular cell biology with this year’s Research Prize for Young Scientists. The Prize is a personal honorary award of DKK 300,000.

The 39-year-old professor from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University is receiving this honorary award from Lundbeck Foundation for his ground-breaking scientific results, which were not only achieved within a short space of time but have resulted in changes to text books in his field.

Robert Fenton’s research focuses on epithelial cells, the cells that cover all of the inner and outer surfaces of the body. He is particularly interested in specific proteins present in the membranes of the epithelial cells. When these do not work, it can result in a range of diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy and osteoporosis.

He was nominated for the Prize by the dean of Aarhus University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Allan Flyvbjerg, who considers Robert Fenton to be a particularly qualified recipient of the Prize:

“Robert Fenton is an internationally respected young scientist who has proven to be capable of broad collaboration, both at home and abroad. He has set up his own research team and taken on the responsibility of supervising and teaching a number of young scientists. The award of Lundbeck Foundation's Research Prize for Young Scientists to Professor Robert Fenton is not merely an acknowledgement of his results, it will also help advance his work and secure his position at the forefront of Danish medical research.”

Robert Fenton heads his own laboratory, with 11 Danish and international researchers, where he has trained and supervised over 40 post docs, PhD students and international visiting researchers. In addition, he is head of the interdisciplinary pilot research centre Interactions of Proteins in Epithelial Transport at Aarhus University, which brings together research teams from different faculties. The centre researches in membrane proteins. A better understanding of how these work could lead to new treatments for diseases that are due to disruption of the function of membrane proteins.

In spite of his impressive credentials, Robert Fenton was surprised to receive Lundbeck Foundation's Research Prize for Young Scientists.

“It's a huge honour that a major Danish research foundation considers my research career extraordinary. It’s proof of the significance of our research and is particularly important for the young scientists in the team who deserve a slice of the honour. With this award, I'm joining a group of young scientists who are considered particularly talented.  It’s something of a privilege to be among their number,” says Robert Fenton.

Robert Fenton’s research has resulted in 110 scientific articles in high-ranking journals with immense impact (over 3400 citations). Based on this, he has already been awarded several other international prizes.

Facts about the Research Prize for Young Scientists
In 2001, Lundbeck Foundation established a research prize for young scientists under the age of 40. The prize is awarded to acknowledge a particularly promising scientist who has produced outstanding research in the field of biomedical science.

Candidates are nominated for this Prize by leading scientists at Danish research institutions. The prizewinner is selected by Lundbeck Foundation's Research Committee together with external reviewers. In order to be eligible for the prize, which is a personal honorary award of DKK 300,000, the recipient must be conducting research at a Danish research institution at the time of the award.

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

Robert Fenton, professor, Aarhus University, mobile: +45 2899 2149+45 2899 2149, email: Robert.a.fenton@biomed.au.dk