On March 6th the prestigious Euro Brain Prize was given to four Alzheimer’s disease researchers, promising continued dedication to the disease. The One Million Euro prize is the largest of its kind awarded to brain research worldwide and is a true honour in the field. As the population ages and total number of people with the disease increases, it is a vital time for more research to be done. This prize is a necessary relief to the field in the wake of the drug giant Pfizer dropping funding. Bart De Strooper, Michael Goedert, Christian Haass, and John Hardy are the four researchers sharing the prize. Strooper, Goedert and Haass’s research focuses on the progression of the disease and how build up of amyloid plaques and tau proteins travel through the brain. Hardy’s work focuses on the genetic component of the disease. With the four researchers able to further their work because of this funding, Alzheimer’s disease is closer to better treatments and cures.
SOURCE: QUARTZ, March 6, 2018; https://qz.com/1222590/alzheimers-research-won-the-2018-euro-brain-prize/
AUTHOR: Katherine Ellen Foley
DATE Retrieved: March 8, 2018