Martin Ritzén, prof. emeritus

Martin Ritzén

Professor Emeritus/Emerita

About me

Raised in Dorotea, southern Lapland in North Sweden, I am still interested in skiing, cross-country and downhill. Medical studies at Karolinska Institutet, where my research started (during the second year of medical studies) at the Dept. of Cell Research and Genetics. Graduated in 1967 with a thesis on microfluorimetric studies on tissue biogenic amines. Training in paediatrics started the year after dissertation, and the lab research moved to the hospital area after my training in paediatric endocrinology at the Univ. of North Carolina. The Paediatric Endocrinology Laboratory that was started in 1970 at the Clinical Research Labs has gradually grown to its present impressive size; 2 full professors, one emeritus (myself, since 2002) 3 assistant professors and about 20 fellows from may different countries. The present leadership deserves all admiration!

Research description

Initially experimental research on testicular physiology and pathology, later more and more clinical research on testicular and adrenal disorders, including Disorders of Sex Development and clinical studies on growth and puberty.


Medical school, Karolinska Institutet 1957 - 1963.

PhD Karolinska Institutet 1967


Academic honours, awards and prizes

The Anders Jahre's Prize for young medical scientists in Scandinavia 1977        The Schoeller-Junckmann Prize for European scientists in endocrinology 1977 First "Niilo Hallman" award and lecturer, University of Helsinki  1988 The Andrea Prader Prize, awarded by the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology for outstanding contributions to paediatric endocrinology 1993 

Adjunct member of the Medical Nobel Committee  1983 - 1984 Member of the Medical Nobel Council   1984 – 2002 Vice Chairman, Medical Nobel Council   1998 Chairman, Medical Nobel Council    1999