Håvard E. Danielsen receives the King Olav Vs Cancer Research Prize

Danielsen is considered a pioneer and a world-leading expert in digital pathology and artificial intelligence. At Oslo University Hospital, he heads the Institute of Cancer Genetics and Informatics (ICGI). 

King Olav V’s Cancer Research Prize 

In 1992, the year after King Olav’s death, King Harald of Norway established a new prize for cancer research in honour of his late father.

The King Olav V Cancer Research Foundation, established by King Harald and the Norwegian Cancer Society awards a prize of 1,000,000 Norwegian kroner each year to a Norwegian cancer researcher or researchers who have contributed to the promotion of Norwegian cancer research.

His Majesty the King is responsible for the solemn presentation of the award during a ceremony most often held in the university’s auditorium in Oslo during the month of May.

Professor Danielsen and the Institute for Cancer Genetics and Informatics are deeply honored to receive this Award. 

Many years experience at the Norwegian Radium hospital

With funding from the Norwegian Cancer Society, the now 64-year-old Danielsen began his career at The Norwegian Radium Hospital in 1987, as a research fellow within the field of image analysis and electron microscopy. Since 1992, he has held various management positions at the hospital, which became part of Oslo University Hospital in 2005.

In 2004, the hospital (Radiumhospitalet-Rikshospitalet) established an integrated institute that linked IT and biology, Norway's first institute for medical informatics. The Institute has been headed by Danielsen since.

Employees describe Danielsen as an innovative, creative, and visionary leader who throughout his career has been good at challenging established ideas. In addition to leading the institute, Danielsen also holds a Professor II position at the University of Oslo's Department of Informatics, and a "Visiting Professor of Cancer Informatics" position at Oxford University in the UK.

His interests in culture and music, golf and boating occupy a lot of his time, but this has not stopped him in publishing over 160 articles so far, in leading medical journals. Not surprisingly, 15 patent applications have also been filed.

- With King Olav V's Cancer Research Prize awarded from the same organization that supported my doctorate degree, the circle is now complete, says Danielsen. We have just started using artificial intelligence within health care. I am very grateful for this recognition and the funding will give us the opportunity to further develop new methods for the benefit of cancer patients, he adds.

Please enjoy the Norwegian Cancer Society's interview with Håvard E. G. Danielsen

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