The Brain Prize is the most important prize in neuroscience and worth EUR 1 million. This year, the Danish Lundbeck Foundation chose 4 pioneers in Alzheimer’s research. De Strooper (VIB, KU Leuven) shares the award with Michel Goedert (University of Cambridge), Christian Haass (University of Munich) and John Hardy (University College London). It’s not the first time that Flanders-based Alzheimer’s research has been awarded internationally.
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Bart De Strooper wins ‘Nobel Prize for brain research’
For the very first time, Bart De Strooper managed to assemble a number of important puzzle pieces from genetic studies. This enabled him to map out parts of the disease process in the brain. In search of new medication, De Strooper has been working closely together with the pharmaceutical industry. Last year, he also accepted a position as director at the UK Dementia Research Institute.
“The award shows that the scientific world is convinced that our work on Alzheimer’s research is promising,” says De Strooper. “We have been given the time to continue to our work. There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic: research has given us a better idea of when to start treatment.” Worldwide, about 47 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.