The first PP supper--Camelot at Bispebjerg

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T W Schwartz, O Verlaege

In the early seventies of the last century, in a temporary building called "Sukkertoppen" at Bispebjerg Hospital, a group of devoted, young medical doctors and a couple of students together with a team of highly skilled laboratory technicians gathered around the "senior" Jens F. Rehfeld, who had barely turned thirty years of age. Each person got his own peptide, raised antibodies, iodinated the peptide and established a radioimmunoassay with which he could then conquer the world of gastrointestinal hormones. It was a unique time, where old hormones had just been chemically characterized and could now be subjected to immunochemical measurements and characterization for the first time. It was also a period when a whole host of new biologically active peptides were being discovered, and basically anything you did with "your" peptide was exciting news for the scientific community. The concept of neuropeptides was being established and Jens Frederik and his brave scientific knights were in the middle of it all. The period ended in the summer of 1976, when Rehfeld moved his court to the University of Aarhus and the others scattered--each to establish their own scientific group.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesScandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation. Supplement
Pages (from-to)109-21
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Keywords: Animals; Denmark; Gastrins; Gastrointestinal Hormones; History, 20th Century; Humans; Neuropeptides; Pancreatic Polypeptide; Radioimmunoassay; Substance P

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