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The Leif C. Groop award for outstanding diabetes research

The Leif C. Groop award is awarded annually by Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC) to an investigator in the broad field of diabetes research who is active in any of the Nordic countries – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

The prize of 100.000 SEK is awarded for "scientific excellence that will benefit patients suffering from diabetes". It is intended for enhanced professional development, such as future education, training and/or research providing added value for the health care system. The recipient must be no older than 45 years to be eligible for the prize. 

The recipient must personally accept the prize at the annual Diabetes Research Day held at Lund University Diabetes Centre. A lecture on a topic of choice will be given by the recipient.

The prize is open for nominations from anyone interested in the field of diabetes research. In addition, requests for nominations are sent out in September to all academic scientists known by the committee to be active in the field of diabetes research.

The prize was instigated by the Diabetes Programme at Lund University (DPLU) in 2004. It was felt that diabetes research in the Nordic countries would benefit from the recognition of a prize given to a young and successful investigator. The prize should serve as an inspiration to others.

The Leif C. Groop award was formerly known as the DPLU/LUDC Nordic prize for an outstanding young diabetes investigator. In 2016, the prize was given the current name as a tribute to professor Leif Groop, upon his retirement from Lund University. 

The prize is awarded by Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC). Novo Nordisk Scandinavia AB made significant contributions to the prize during 2016-2021.

The committee for the Leif C. Groop award

The committee consists of distinguished diabetes scientists from the Nordic countries. Jointly, they cover the field of diabetes research from bedside to the clinic, from molecule to population, from prevention over therapy to cure.

Marju Orho-Melander (Chair, Lund University)
Bryndis Birnir (Uppsala University)
Malin Flodström Tullberg (Karolinska Institute)
Torben Hansen (Copenhagen University)
Trond Jenssen (Oslo University)
Tiinamaija Tuomi (University of Helsinki)
Allan Vaag (Copenhagen University)
Jussi Pihlajamäki (University of Eastern Finland)