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The President of the Republic handed over the Young Scientist Award

President Lennart Meri handed over the Young Scientist Award of the President of the Republic's Cultural Foundation to Priit Kogerman in the presidential palace of Kadriorg today.

Priit Kogerman, aged 33, has studied biology at Tartu University and defended his degree on molecular biology at Case Western Reserve University, USA. Kogerman is currently working in the gene technology centre of Tallinn Technical University, and in the molecular genetics lab of the Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics. His research is mainly concentrated on the molecular mechanisms and medical applications of the development of cancer and its malevolent progressions.

Altogether, 54 people had written an application for the Young Scientist Award, and the President asked Katrin Õunap, Art Leete, Ülo Niinemets and Siiri Altraja to dinner at Kadriorg. The President of the Republic spoke of research work and the increase of self-assurance and self-confidence with the young researchers and members of the Cultural Foundation.

To provide the financing for Young Scientist Award, Toomas Luman made a donation to the Cultural Foundation. Toomas Luman has undertaken to finance the Young Scientists Award, in the amount of 40,000 kroons, at least within the next ten years. The Award is issued once a year.

Press Service of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 1, 2001


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