Prizegiving ceremony 2014: Mogens Høgh Jensen, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, Jesper Ryberg, HRH The Crown Princess Mary, Gitte Moos Knudsen, Flemming Besenbacher and Kirsten Hastrup.

In 2014, the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes were awarded to two highly acclaimed researchers who have contributed outstanding work within their respective fields of neurobiology and legal ethics. The recipients were Professor Gitte Moos Knudsen, MD, of Copenhagen University Hospital for her research into the human brain’s communication systems and Professor Jesper Ryberg, DPhil, of Roskilde University for his research into ethical challenges in the Danish legal system.

Kronprinsesse Mary ankommer til Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
HRH The Crown princess Mary arrives at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Mary forestod tirsdag d. 9. september overrækkelsen af Carlsbergfondets Forskningspriser 2014 på Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, hvor både uddannelses- og forskningsminister Sofie Carsten Nielsen og Carlsbergfondets bestyrelsesformand Flemming Besenbacher holdt tale til prismodtagerne. Her sagde Flemming Besenbacher:

"The Carlsberg Foundation supports excellent basic research, and the two prizewinners are outstanding examples of Danish researchers working at the highest international level.”
Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation

Gitte Moos Knudsen

Gitte Moos Knudsen, MD, became a professor at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital at the age of 39. Currently, she is investigating the neurobiology of the human brain using advanced imaging systems combined with behavioural, biochemical and genetic measurements. Her cross-disciplinary research focuses on differences in the human brain’s communication systems. Among other things, her research is helping to identify risk markers for the development of neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression.

Jesper Ryberg

Jesper Ryberg, DPhil, became a professor of ethics and philosophy of law at Roskilde University at the age of 35. Adopting a practical philosophical approach, Jesper Ryberg researches the problems that accompany the activities of a legal system, such as police work, the organisation of the courts and the design of the legal system. Latterly, Jesper Ryberg has concentrated on neuroethics and ethical issues relating to the legal system’s use of neuroscientific knowledge and technology. Jesper Ryberg has written a number of books on these topics, and his research has had a major scientific and practical impact both in Denmark and internationally. He regularly contributes to the public debate.