Anna-Greta and Holger Crafoord´s Fund was established in 1980 and the first prize was awarded in 1982. The prize is intended to promote international basic research in the disciplines Astronomy and Mathematics, Geosciences, Biosciences (with particular emphasis on ecology) and Polyarthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis).
The Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2013
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2013 to Peter K. Gregersen, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY, USA, Lars Klareskog, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and Robert J. Winchester, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA,
“for their discoveries concerning the role of different genetic factors and their interactions with environmental factors in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical management of rheumatoid arthritis”.
Crafoord Days, 2–3 May 2013
The prize awarding ceremony was held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on 2 May 2013, in the presence of His Majesty the King of Sweden. Prize Lectures and Prize symposium in Polyarthritis were held on 3 May at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet.
Watch all the lectures at KVATV.se
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Genes, environment and immunity in the development of rheumatoid arthritis
Lars Klareskog, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Crafoord Laureate 2013
The prize disciplines have been chosen so as to complement those for which the Nobel Prizes are awarded. The prize is awarded in one discipline each year in accordance with a set scheme:
- Astronomy and Mathematics
- Astronomy and Mathematics
The prize in polyarthritis is awarded only when a special committee has shown that scientific progress in this field has been such that an award is justified.
Nominating and awarding
The Academy invites scientists from all over the world to nominate candidates for the prize. Nominations are submitted to the Academy during the spring prior to the year in which the decision is to be made. The nominations received are then rewieved and assessed by a Prize Committee consisting of members from the appropriate Academy classes.
The prize should be awarded to one recipient, but may, if necessary, be divided among up to three recipients. At the same time, grant allocations are announced, and may be applied for both by individuals and by institutions. Grant applications can be made for scientific equipment and research, publication of scientific works, scientific conferences and symposia, studies outside of Sweden for Swedish researchers, and activities to further research within the field of research covered by the prize.
On the basis of reports from the Prize Committee and the appropriate Academy Class, decisions concerning prizewinner(s) and grant recipients are made by the Academy in the spring of the year in which the prize is to be awarded.