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Lundbeck Foundation awards Talent Prize to young researcher in inguinal hernia

One of Lundbeck Foundation's 2015 Talent Prizes goes to doctor and PhD student Kristoffer Andresen from the Department of Clinical Medicine at 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 Kristoffer Andresen for his great scientific insight. Due to this, as well as his maturity, he is already in the process of establishing himself as an internationally renowned researcher.

Consequently, it was quite a natural step for professor and consultant Jacob Rosenberg to nominate Kristoffer Andresen for the Talent Prize:

“ Kristoffer has a brilliant understanding of scientific research methods and he can already almost be described as an expert in medical statistics. This and his high energy level result in scientific output that is both substantial and of high quality,” says Jacob Rosenberg from the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital.

Kristoffer Andresen is researching into methods for operating on inguinal hernia, a condition experienced by 27% of men during their lifetime. Inguinal hernia is a weakness in the muscle layer in the abdominal wall which causes a part of the intestine to protrude and lie under the skin in the groin. In Denmark, 8,000 people undergo an operation for inguinal hernia every year. However, after the operation 10 to 15% of all patients end up with chronic pain. Kristoffer Andresen will test a new method for operating on inguinal hernia, which looks as though it may prevent the chronic pain and discomfort.

An operation for inguinal hernia usually involves suturing a mesh into place between the muscle and the intestine to strengthen the abdominal wall. With the new method the mesh is inserted as a reinforcement of the abdominal wall, without suturing it into place. The theory is that the sutures are the cause of the discomfort. Kristoffer Andresen then follows the patients for a year from their operation with the new method, using questionnaires to investigate how many experience chronic pain. If it is proven that the new treatment reduces subsequent discomfort, his results will be used to implement the treatment at Danish hospitals.

“I’m deeply honoured to receive the Talent Prize. As a researcher, I spend most of my time on my projects so it’s hugely motivating to be recognised in such eminent fashion. It gives me great motivation to continue my research,” says Kristoffer Andresen.

He has already published 21 scientific articles and, in 2014, became a member of the steering committee for the Danish Hernia Database to which he contributes by devising new research projects. In addition, he is an experienced teacher and, among other things, shares his extensive expertise in statistics with other PhD students.

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