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Migraine pioneer awarded prestigious "The Brain Prize"

Lars Edvinsson
Lars Edvinsson (Photo: Kennet Ruona)

In the early 1970s, Lars Edvinsson stepped through the doors of Lund University for the first time. More than 50 years later, he is awarded the world's most prominent prize in brain research, "The Brain Prize", which is awarded annually by the Lundbeck Foundation. He receives the award for his pioneering research on migraines.

"This is a great honour, as it is the biggest and finest prize you can receive as a brain researcher. But above all, our research has led to the fact that there is now medication that helps those who suffer from this all-too common disease", says Lars Edvinsson, professor of internal medicine at Lund University, professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen and also to to some extent still active as chief physician both at Skåne University Hospital in Lund and in Copenhagen.

The Brain Prize is year shared between four researchers, all of whom have made a strong contribution to making migraines a neurological disease for which there is treatment. This is the first time any of the prize winners have come from Nordic countries, so Lars Edvinsson and his colleague from Copenhagen, Professor Jes Olesen, are thus pioneers in that aspect as well. Together with British Peter Goadsby and American Michael Moskowitz, they share the prize money, which is 10 million DKK.

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