During the Saltin Symposium, June 2-4, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, a Saltin Award was presented to recognize and support the talent of an emerging young scientist in the field of Exercise and Integrative Physiology.
An independent selection committee consisting of Gisela Sjøgaard, Dr. Med.Sci., Michael Joyner, M.D., and Henrik Klitgaard, Ph.D. evaluated 6 nominated candidates, all demonstrating unique research potential. Among these, Dr. Christoph Siebenmann was selected for the honour of receiving the Saltin Award.
Dr. Siebenmann received his M.Sc. degree in Human Movement Science 2008 at the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, where his focus was exercise physiology. His M.Sc. thesis obtained the highest mark possible and was based on a field study in the Swiss Alps assessing pharmacological attenuation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction on exercise capacity at high altitude. During his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Siebenmann demonstrated an ability to challenge conventional paradigms by conduct and publication of a placebo-controlled and double-blind altitude training study in France. The results were controversial as they showed an absence of benefit of the “Live High – Train Low” concept over normal endurance training.
During his brief research career, Dr. Siebenmann has achieved a significant track record of publications on integrated physiology studies and currently holds a Post Doc Fellowship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Saltin Award was presented to Dr. Siebenmann for his unique ability to design and execute complicated studies on human physiology, often outside a laboratory setting. In that context, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to address important questions on impact of exercise on human physiology and to interpret observations from an integrated perspective. This capability and research approach reflect a cornerstone of the heritage from Bengt Saltin and triggered Dr. Siebenmann receiving the Saltin Award.
The Saltin Symposium; "Exercise and Integrative Physiology" was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2-4, 2015 in order to honour and commemorate the scientific work of Professor Bengt Saltin, who passed away in September of 2014. The aim of the symposium was to encompass and highlight the major fields, in which Bengt Saltin made landmark contributions, from both a historical and an up-to-date cutting-edge scientific perspective.