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Professor from Flanders wins award for Alzheimer's research

Professor Christine Van Broeckhoven (Flanders) has received the Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 in recognition of her outstanding career in Alzheimer's disease research. 

Pioneer in the field

The Khalid Iqbal Award is presented annually at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). The award, named after one of the association's founders, honors researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Alzheimer's research. This year’s award (2020) was presented to Christine Van Broeckhoven for her pioneering work in the research field. 

The professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics, associated with Flanders’ strategic research institute for life sciences and biotechnology (VIB) and the University of Antwerp, has been a prominent researcher of Alzheimer's disease and dementia for many years. 

Groundbreaking research

Among Van Broeckhoven’s most important contributions is the identification of APP, a key protein in the Alzheimer's disease process. Throughout her career, she has also identified many new genes involved in the disease.  

Her discoveries have proven essential to our understanding of the different mechanisms that determine the onset and progression of the disease, ultimately leading to the development of new tools for diagnosis and to improved therapies. 

Internationally lauded

Over the years, Professor Van Broeckhoven has received plenty of international prizes for her pioneering research career. She has won, to name a few, the Potamkin Prize (1993), the Zenith Award of the Alzheimer’s Association USA (2005), the International L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science (2006), the European Inventor Award for Research (2011) and the Metlife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease (2012).  

Moreover, she was granted the Belgian title of Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold (2006) and the French Order of Chevalier dans La Légion d'Honneur (2008) for her social involvement. 

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VIB
27 August 2020

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