18 May 2018

Dean Ulla Wewer Rewarded for Unselfish Effort for Research in the Health and Medical Sciences

Erhoff Prize

An excellent researcher, a quality-conscious and unselfish leader and a future-oriented promoter of Danish health and medical research. On 18 May Dean Ulla Wewer from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen receives the Erhoff Prize as a token of professional recognition and admiration.

The prestigious Erhoff Prize is a personal token of respect of DKK 250,000 given to a researcher or institution that has made a highly valuable effort within research or treatment of diseases. As a researcher Dean Ulla Wewer has achieved great recognition and published around 160 scientific articles. Over the last 12 years, as dean at the University of Copenhagen, Ulla Wewer has persistently and ambitiously striven to provide the best possible framework for research with the health and medical sciences.

’Ulla Wever is an excellent research facilitator and entrepreneur. In recent years she has given her own research second priority in order to work wholeheartedly to provide the best possible conditions for research development at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This kind of commitment rarely gets the attention and recognition it deserves’, says Chairman of the Erhoff Foundation, Professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen.

From Cell-Matrix Interaction to Knight of the Dannebrog
Ulla Wewer trained as a doctor at the University of Copenhagen, where she also obtained her doctoral degree and later the title of professor after having worked at the La Jolla Cancer Research Institute, CA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US for a period of years. In her research Ulla Wewer has focussed especially on the structure and function of the so-called extracellular matrix, in particular in relation to cancer.

In 2006 she was appointed dean of SUND and has held a series of important positions of trust. For example, she has functioned as interim director of the large-scale European Education in EIT Health initiative and been a member of a series of prestigious councils and consortiums within the health and medical sciences, technology and innovation. In 2010 she was appointed knight of the Dannebrog due to her great effort for Danish research and her work at the University of Copenhagen. However, it is not Ulla Wewer’s professional skills only that underlie the decision to award her the Erhoff Prize.

‘Ulla Wever invests herself wholeheartedly in the work she takes on, and she is a unique type of senior leader. She is a discrete person, who puts others first. There are few leaders of her kind. She is strong and her effort admirable’, Oluf Borbye Pedersen stresses.

Health and Medical Research for the Future
The recommendation of Ulla Wewer for the prize focusses especially on her ability to build attractive and result-oriented research environments, while at the same time preparing the university for future challenges.

‘Ulla Wewer has created an impressive and strong, competitive international research and educational environment at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Specifically, her work has resulted in the construction of the Maersk Tower at Panum, a 43,000-m2 building at the price of DKK 1.5 billion’, the recommendation reads.

Ulla Wewer’s efforts were also highlighted by several media in connection with the inauguration of the Maersk Tower in January 2017, where Denmark’s new research beacon was praised for its visionary level of ambition and impressive architectural design.

‘It is about people, we used to tell each other at the faculty. Our research must contribute to better and longer lives for the patients. And our study programmes must ensure that health specialists from the University of Copenhagen have the right competences and the knowledge required. This requires good surroundings and a well-functioning infrastructure. I am very happy and proud to receive the Erhoff Prize as recognition of my work. I hope the attention it generates will rub off on the entire faculty’, says Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The Erhoff Prize will be presented at a ceremony in the Carlsberg Academy on Friday 18 May.

The Erhoff Foundation via Legal Secretary Henriette Holm Nielsen: henriette@kahlke.dk

About Director Thor O.A. Erhoff’s Family Foundation

  • The foundation was established by Director Poul Erhoff as a charitable foundation in memory of Poul Erhoff’s father, after whom the foundation is named.
  • The Erhoff Prize was awarded for the first time in 2008.