Professor Ole Petersen CBE MD FRCP FMedSci FLSW MAE ML FRS #

Ole Petersen
Membership Number:20
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • Present: Professor, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK (2010 - ) and Academic Director of the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub (2015 - )
  • 2010 - 2015 Director (Head) of Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • 1981 - 2009 George Holt Professor of Physiology and Head of the Physiology Department, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 1975 - 1981 Symers Professor and Head of Physiology at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
  • 1971 - 1972 sabbatical year in the Pharmacology Department, University of Cambridge
  • 1969 - 1975 Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in Medical Physiology, University of Copenhagen
  • 1969 Graduation in Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Fields of Scholarship
  • Cellular Ca2+ signaling processes
  • Patho-physiological studies of pancreatitis

Honours and Awards (selection)

  • Elected Honorary Member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases in 2017
  • Elected Vice-President of Academia Europaea 2015 -
  • Elected Honorary Member of The Physiological Society (UK & Ireland) in 2015
  • Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (ML) in 2010
  • Vice-President of The Royal Society 2005-2006
  • Elected Fellow of The Royal Society (FRS) in 2000
  • Elected Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2004
  • Elected Fellow (Honorary) of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2001
  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998
  • Elected Member of Academia Europaea (Foundation Member) in 1988
  • Elected Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 1988


  • Academia Europaea's 2020 Gold Medal Award. Gold Medal Lecture to be delivered at the Academy's Annual Meeting, Barcelona, October 2021
  • The 'Sir Michael Berridge Memorial Lecture' at the FASEB conference on 'Calcium and Cell Function, Dublin, July 2020
  • The American Physiological Society's 2018 Walter B Cannon Memorial Award Lecturer. The Plenary Award Lecture was delivered at Experimental Biology (EB) in San Diego on 22nd April 2018
  • Award Lecture (Honorary Membership), 72nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases, Dresden, Germany, 14th September 2017
  • Keynote Lecture, 49th Meeting of European Pancreatic Club, Budapest, Hungary, 1st July 2017
  • Opening Lecture, Gordon Research Conference on 'Calcium Signalling', Lucca, Italy, 18th June 2017
  • Invited Lecture ('World Leader' Award "for his studies in cellular Ca2+ signalling processes") at International Symposium on 'Latest Advances in Biomedicine & Interdisciplinary Sciences', Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas (Indicasat AIP), Panama City, Republic of Panama, February 2016
  • Festschrifft for Ole Petersen CBE FRS (on the basis of International Bioscience Birthday Symposium held at the National Museum Cardiff 2013) published in Journal of Physiology 592, 259-312, 2014
  • Awarded the American Physiological Society’s Horace W Davenport Distinguished Lectureship. Award Lecture given at Experimental Biology (EB) 2013 in Boston, USA
  • Opening Plenary Lecture at the 2013 Annual Congress of the Brazilian Society of Physiology in Sao Paulo
  • Keynote Lecture at the 37th International Congress of Physiological Sciences (IUPS2013), Birmingham, UK;
  • The Leopoldina Lecture (Public Lecture in German) on the eve of the festivities in connection with the formal opening of the new Residence for the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle, Germany, 2012
  • Appointed Honorary Professor at College of Medicine, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China in 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Pancreatic Club (Stockholm 2010)
  • Festschrift for Ole Petersen CBE FRS (on the basis of the International Symposium held at The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 2008 - on the occassion of OP's 65th birthday) published in Acta Physiologica 195, 1-196, 2009
  • Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for ‘Services to Science’ (2008)
  • J.E. Purkyně Honorary Medal for ‘Merit in the Biological Sciences’ from The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (2003).
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation's Jacobaeus Prize and Lecture (1994, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters)
  • The Polish Physiological Society's Czubalsky Medal (1993)
  • ISI (now Web of Science) Award of 'Citation Classic' (1993) for: Petersen and Maruyama, Calcium-activated potassium channels and their role in secretion. Nature 307, 693-696, 1984.
  • The Physiological Society's Annual Review Prize Lecturer (1991, University of Cambridge). Lecture published in Journal of Physiology 448, 1-51, 1992

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