Minerva Foundation Medix Prize awarded to Pekka Katajisto's group

The Minerva Foundation’s Medix Prize has been awarded to a team researching the rejuvenation of the functioning of aged tissue by inhibiting signals between stem cells and their niche cells.

The study entitled Notum produced by Paneth cells attenuates regeneration of aged intestinal epithelium was published last year in the journal Nature and was led by PhD student Nalle Pentinmikko in the research group of Associate Professor and Director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism Pekka Katajisto.

The Medix Prize is awarded by the University of Helsinki, and is donated to the university by the Minerva Foundation, which funds the Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research at Biomedicum Helsinki.

The award lecture  titled ”Stem cell niche attenuates regeneration during aging” was given by Nalle Pentinmikko on September 14th 2020.

Read the press release 14.9.2020