CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network meeting

Last week, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) organised the first Neurodegeneration Challenge Network meeting in California, bringing together all investigators who received an award in their competitive funding call in 2018.

Two of our Mission Lucidity partners, prof. Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven) and dr. Dries Braeken (imec), attended the meeting and presented their project "Probing Parkinson's disease with Induced Human Microcircuits on CMOS Chips", for which their team received a $1 million CZI Collaborative Science Award.

The Neurodegeneration Challenge Network aims to develop new strategies for the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders. They do this by connecting clinicians and researchers from diverse fields and promoting multidisciplinary collaboration.

One of the take-home messages of the meeting was that we need to change the way we think about neurodegenerative diseases. Read more highlights.


We believe deeply in collaboration. CZI is an experiment in collaboration every single day, and that’s what I hope you’re setting out to do in order to improve the field of neurodegeneration.

Priscilla Chan, CZI co-founder
Patrik Verstreken
Dries Braeken
Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
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