Bart De Strooper wins Brain Prize 2018
The 2018 Brain Prize has been awarded to four Alzheimer researchers. Among them, Bart De Strooper (VIB, KU Leuven, UCL), one of the leading scientists behind Mission Lucidity. He shares the price with Michel Goedert (University of Cambridge), Christian Haass (DZNE, Ludwig-Maximilians-University) and John Hardy (UCL).
The winners have made essential contributions, in basic research, to the genetic and molecular knowledge of Alzheimer’s, mapping new avenues for the diagnosis, treatment and possibly even prevention.
The Prize is an important sign for young scientists to know that they can still make big discoveries, and that we urgently need them to pursue research into diseases of the ageing brain.
The four researchers will share the 1 million EUR prize awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation. Professor Anders Bjorklund, chairman of the selection committee, said, “Alzheimer´s disease is one of the most devastating diseases of our time and remarkable progress has been made during the last decades. These four outstanding European scientists have been rewarded for their fundamental discoveries unravelling molecular and genetic causes of the disease. The award recognises that there is more to Alzheimer´s disease than amyloid, and that the field of dementia research is more than Alzheimer´s disease alone.