12 November 2021

August Krogh Nobel Prize 100 + 1 years at Aarhus Katedralskole

Nobel prize

On October 28 it was exactly 100 (+1) years ago since August Krogh was awarded to Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of “the Capillary Motor Regulation Mechanism”.

With a homemade camera, mathematical modelling and ingenious experiments Krogh had shown that the tiny blood vessels in the body is regulated in a way that ensures a constant supply of oxygen to tissues when the metabolic demand increases.

August Krogh contributed with many other fundamental discoveries on how the human body functions, and he was the creative power behind the foundation of Novo Nordisk, which paved the way for the strong Danish capacity for insulin production and treatment of diabetes.

August Krogh seminar
Professor Tobias Wang giving a lecture on the scientific legacy of August Krogh to students at Aarhus Katedralskole.

By celebrating the one hundred years (plus one) anniversary of August Krogh’s enormous influence researchers at Aarhus University and Aarhus Katedralskole, from which Krogh graduated in 1893, wanted to extend the knowledge of Krogh’s groundbreaking science to high school students in the Aarhus area.

The celebration included presentations from established as well as young upcoming scientists who are all continuing Krogh’s research traditions in various fields. There was a vibrant atmosphere at the event and the enthusiastic students gave positive feedback, especially towards the short talks from young scientists, to which the students could relate and ask questions.

Program of the day

Tobias Wang: August Krogh – An academic superhero with the power of visual thinking.

Which physiological questions are young scientists addressing 100+1 years after Krogh?

Michael Ladegaard: How do hoofed animals use their nose and ears to see under water?

Lisa B. Jørgensen: Flies with heat stroke: Does it help to keep the head cool?

Jakob Wang: The quest for eternal youth – training in a stem cell perspective.

Christian Damsgaard: Blood supply of the eye and the evolution of clear vision.

Laura Stidsholt: New technology reveals bats’ deadly hunt in the dark.

Jon H. Herskind Voltage: Why muscles and electricity go hand in hand.

Magnus L. Aaskov: Airbreathing fish – smarter than we think.

Tine Billeskov: Muscle function and the role of muscle stem cells.

Joanna M. Kalucka: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: why blood vessels are important.

Sten Lund, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus: What is diabetes and how do we treat this common disease.

Organized by

Anna Marie Søndergaard Thøstesen, Aarhus Katedralskole,

Johannes Overgaard, Aarhus Universitet.

Tobias Wang, Aarhus Universitet.

Supported by the August Krogh Club.