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Professor and pain researcher receives Nordic prize of honour

Professor Peter Svensson from the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health receives the Bensow Award – the most prestigious award for dentists in the Nordic countries.

2021.01.22 | Lise Wendel Eriksen

Dentistry professor and pain researcher Peter Svensson receives major Nordic prize of honour. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto


This year, the Scandinavian Dental Association’s Bensow Award goes to Peter Svensson, who is professor of pain research and treatment. He receives the award for his groundbreaking research into orofacial pain – pain in the mouth, jaw and face.

"I'm extremely pleased to receive the scientific recognition which this award represents. In recent years, our research unit at Aarhus University has received international attention, and I'm proud to have put orofacial research on the world map," says Peter Svensson.

Peter Svensson is a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain. He has helped to promote the understanding of the great significance of the pain for patients' health and well-being. Recently, Peter Svensson was one of the driving forces behind a common, international system for classifying pain, approved by the WHO. Medical doctors and dentists now have a common language and the same understanding of this pain, in turn benefiting the patients.

A committee of representatives from each of the dental associations in the Nordic countries makes the Bensow Award annually. DKK 140,000 follows the award.

The coverage is based on press material from the Danish Dental Association


Professor, DDS & PhD Peter Svensson
Aarhus University, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health
Tel.: (+45) 2463 3009
Email: peter.svensson@dent.au.dk

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