Professor Ole Petersen celebrates his 80th birthday #

Academia Europaea congratulates Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub to his 80th birthday.

Professor Ole Petersen
Professor Ole Petersen


Ole Petersen is Professor of Physiology in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University. As one of the world’s prominent physiologists, he leads a research group on disease of the pancreas. Petersen was elected Fellow of The Royal Society in 2000, Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2010 and gave the Leopoldina Lecture in 2012. He received the Nordic Insulin Foundation’s Jacobaeus Prize (1994), the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Purkynĕ Medal (2003) and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for ‘Services to Science’.

In 2017, he was elected Honorary Member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive & Metabolic Diseases. More recently, he received the American Physiological Society’s Walter B Cannon Memorial Award and the prestigious Palade Prize.

Professor Petersen is a member of the Physiology and Neurosciences section of Academia Europaea since the Academy's establishment in 1988. He is Chief Editor of American Physiological Society’s Open Access flagship journal ‘Function’ launched in 2020.

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To celebrate and mark the 80th birthday of Professor Ole Petersen, Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences and the Physiological Society and chaired by Oleg and Julia Gerasimenko, eminent speakers, including 6 members of Academia Europaea, gathered at Cardiff University’s historic Glamorgan Council Chamber in a very special international symposium.

From left to right: Professor John Harwood (Cardiff School of Biosciences), Professor Carl Petersen MAE, Professor Alex Verkhratsky MAE, Professor Ole Petersen MAE, Professor Jim Murray MAE, Professor Valerie O’Donnell MAE and Professor Anant Parekh MAE
From left to right: Professor John Harwood (Cardiff School of Biosciences), Professor Carl Petersen MAE, Professor Alex Verkhratsky MAE, Professor Ole Petersen MAE, Professor Jim Murray MAE, Professor Valerie O’Donnell MAE and Professor Anant Parekh MAE


Professor Jim Murray MAE, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, opened the symposium celebrating Ole’s lifetime and achievement. Professor Murray thanked Ole for his contribution to science and for his service.

Professor Valerie O’Donnell MAE from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine expressed her gratitude for Ole’s mentorship, whilst Professor Carl Petersen MAE (EPFL Lausanne), Ole’s son, paid tribute to his father for encouraging and inspiring him and his brother. Members of Ole’s family had flown in from Japan, Singapore and Switzerland to celebrate this special occasion.

Other MAEs present included Professor Alex Verkhratsky MAE (Manchester University) and Professor Anant Parekh MAE (NIEHS/NIH).

Professor Jim Murray MAE, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, opening the symposium
Professor Jim Murray MAE, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences, opening the symposium

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