Planned Research Project on Vitamin D and K2 Awarded

The Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize 2018, endowed with EUR 10,000, was awarded to Dr. Jacqueline Pettersen from Canada on November 3 at a medical Congress in Baden-Baden, Germany. An independent panel composed of recognized experts selected the research project on Vitamin D and K2 out of numerous applications.

Mathias Hevert (f. l.), Dr. Jacqueline Pettersen, Sarah Hevert and Marcus Hevert at the award ceremony of the Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize 2018 at the medical congress “Medizinische Woche” in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Current studies show that vitamin D deficiency can be associated with an increased risk of dementia. For some years now, scientists have been discussing if Vitamin K2 deficiency is also involved in age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. The study proposed by Dr. Pettersen will analyze the effects of vitamin D and K2 on the cognitive performance compared to vitamin D alone and placebo. It aims to provide new findings on possibly additive or synergistic effects of both vitamins in this area. Such findings could, in the medium or long term, have considerable impact on medical care and health in old age.

“The research project submitted by Dr. Jacqueline Pettersen from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, Canada, convinced the panel especially regarding the scientific advancement, the usability of the expected results for prevention and therapy as well as the relevance for the health system. We are very happy to award this year’s Dr. Wolfgang Hevert Prize to Dr. Pettersen,” said Mathias Hevert who presented the award together with his siblings Sarah and Marcus Hevert at the medical congress “Medizinische Woche” in Baden-Baden.

Sarah, Marcus and Mathias Hevert are shareholders of Hevert-Arzneimittel and members of the board of the Hevert-Foundation. Since 2006, the prize is awarded every two years and is dedicated to the work of their father Dr. Wolfgang Hevert (†2003), who himself made a great contribution to the development of holistic medicine.

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