AWARD. Jón Karlsson, Professor of Orthopedic and Sport Traumatology, is one of this year’s recipients of the Nordic Medical Prize. He is being awarded the prize in part because he was crucial to raising the level of clinical research in orthopedics and sports medicine.
The Nordic Medical Prize, which is awarded by the Nordic Medical Prize Foundation in cooperation with Folksam, is one of the Nordic region’s most prestigious prizes in medicine. Jón Karlsson is receiving the prize for his fundamental research on ligament injuries in foot and knee joints.
According to the Board’s motivation, Jón Karlsson decisively raised the level of clinical research in orthopedics and sports medicine with a large number of well-done prospective, randomized studies, and he has generated significant and clinically relevant evidence-based knowledge that both sports physicians and patients can use to make treatment decisions for sports-related injuries.
Jón Karlsson shares the Nordic Medical Prize with Lars Engebretsen of the University of Oslo, Roald Bahr of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and Michael Kjaer of the University of Copenhagen. The Board’s prize motivation states: “For their internationally leading research that generated scientifically based knowledge regarding the significance of physical activity to human health, and scientifically based measures concerning the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.”
The award ceremony will be held in Stockholm on January 27, 2016. The prize amount is SEK 1 million and will be shared by the four award winners. The prize is given for “particularly prominent scientific endeavors” in areas that are of major significance to human health and illness. Prizewinners are named after an extensive nomination process where the medical faculties at Nordic universities are invited to nominate prizewinners.