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The President of the Republic handed over the Young Scientist Prize

President Arnold Rüütel handed over the Cultural Foundation's Young Scientist Prize of 2005 to Sulev KõksPresident Arnold Rüütel today at Kadriorg handed over the Cultural Foundation's Young Scientist Prize of 2005 to Sulev Kõks, a senior researcher of the Physiology Department of Taru University. The field of his research is molecular biomedicine. This year there were 12 award nominees.

Congratulating Sulev Kõks, the President of the Republic said that the young scientist's study on the impact of negative emotions on human organism is remarkable and enables to find possible solutions to improve people's health in the future. The Head of State wished Dr. Kõks success and strength in his research work as well as in training the rising generation of scientists.

Senior Researcher Kõks thanked President Rüütel and the Cultural Foundation for the high recognition bestowed on him and added that this would not have been possible without a hard-working team. According to the scientist, one-fifth of all people have emotional disturbances, which to a great extent is a result of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation.

Sulev Kõks has been one of the creators of the PhD programme in neuroscience, which was initiated by the Faculty of Medicine, being a pathfinder for future network of PhD schools in Estonia. Sulev Kõks is also a recognised expert in the field of biological psychiatry and neurochemistry. He has received several science prizes and awards and his works have been published in 35 prereviewed scientific journals.

The Young Scientist Prize in the amount of 50 000 kroons is awarded by the President of the Republic's Cultural Foundation and is funded by the entrepreneur Toomas Luman.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, November 21, 2005

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