The Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) established the Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation in 2001. 

The main goal of the BEMF is to honour the memory of Dr. Björn Ekwall by giving a reward to the scientists who have substantially contributed to the field of cell toxicology, e.g. by developing new in vitro tests, or via mechanistic or validation studies. 

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---------------------------------------------------------------------Professor Vera Rogiers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium, is the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for the year 2016.
Report from the SSCT-Swetox workshop 12-15 October 2015, Bommersvik, Järna, Sweden by A. Kolman och E. Walum

The BEMF board has selected Prof. Michael Balls from England as recipient of the 2015 Björn Ekwall Memorial Award

Report from the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences 24-28 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic by A. Kolman and H. Tähtii

The BEMF board has selected Dr. Tuula Heinonen from Finland as recipientof the 2014 Björn Ekwall Memorial Award
Frontiers in Cell Toxicity Testing: The 29th Workshop of SSCT 

Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology (SSCT) celebrated its 30 year activity.

Human in vivo database now on ACuteTox home page
The BEMF board has selected Prof. Per Artursson from Sweden as recipient of the 2013 Björn Ekwall Memorial Award

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The Swedish Animal Friends National

Organisation is one of the most significant donators to the BEMF

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Dr. Björn Ekwall (1940 -2000)

Previous winners

2002 – Maria José Gómez-Lechón (Spain)

2003 – Per Kjellstrand (Sweden)

2004 – Hanna Tähti (Finland)

2005 – Hasso Seibert and Michael Gulden (Germany)

2006 – Cecilia Clemedson (Sweden)

2007 – Rodger Curren  (USA)

2008 – Erik Walum (Sweden)

2009 – Annalaura Stammati (Italy)

2010 – Richard Clothier (UK)

2011 – Päivi Myllynen (Finland)

2012 – Horst Spielmann (Germany)

2013 – Per Artursson (Sweden)

2014 – Tuula Heinonen (Finland)

2015 – Michael Balls (UK)

2016 - Vera Rogiers (Belgium)