His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has, in cooperation with the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, created a brand new award that aims to promote research on asthma and allergy. The award will be presented annually to a researcher who has demonstrated extraordinary efforts in the field. It was awarded for the first time this year.
The award was presented today at the “Indoor Climate Day”. The Indoor Climate Day is a collaboration between the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, The Norwegian forum for a better indoor environment for children, the Norwegian Directorate of Building, the Norwegian Directorate of Education, the National Labour Inspectorate and the Norwegian Institute of Health. The Indoor Climate Day has been highlighted each fall for several years and has become an important arena for putting the spotlight on indoor air quality and measures to ensure a good and environmentally good climate, especially for children. Every year the day has a specific theme, and this year the subject was of children and public health.
The Crown Prince thinks that research on asthma and allergies is vital. “Research is important because if we’re going to do something about a problem, we must firstly know what the problem is,” said the Crown Prince.
The award was shared between two people. The award winners were Håvard Ove Skjerven and Jan Vilhelm Bakke. Håvard Ove Skjerven is a paediatrician and has researched the outbreaks of complex allergic disease. Currently, he works at Oslo Hospital, where he works on an international study that will examine whether simple actions in the first year of life may reduce the development of allergic diseases. The second award-winner, Jan Vilhelm Bakke, is Senior Consultant in the Norwegian Labor-Inspection and is among those who for decades has followed national and international research in the indoor environment and health related diseases, especially within asthma and allergy.