1989 Hans Selye Award
Björn Folkow, M.D., Ph.D. Chaired the Department of Physiology at the University of Göteborg where he is Emeritus Professor of Physiology. There is probably no one who has contributed more to our understanding of the complex higher central nervous system, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone axis, ACTH-glucocorticoid and antidiuretic hormone activities that affect blood pressure during stress; he has authored over 300 papers dealing with various aspects of this. In recent years he has also written extensively on the importance of integrative physiology in this age of molecular biology where specialists know more and more about less and less. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and his achievements have been acknowledged in the form of the Björn Folkow Award of the European Society for Hypertension, the Björn Folkow Distinguished Lectureship of the American Physiological Society, the Björn Folkow Achievement Award in Medical Sciences in Australia and the Björn Folkow Award of the Society for Cellular Integrative Physiology.