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Bart De Strooper wins ‘Nobel Prize for brain research’

Bart De Strooper, professor, director and group leader at the VIB – KU Leuven Center for Brain Research (Flanders), took home the renowned Brain Prize, together with three fellow researchers. The award is considered to be the ‘Nobel Prize for brain research’.

Fitting the pieces together

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.

Good reasons for optimism

“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.

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12 March 2018

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