British neuroscientist John Hardy will be awarded this year’s “Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize” which is endowed with 60,000 Euro. Piepenbrock and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) herewith honor his seminal contributions to the study of Alzheimer’s disease. The Professor of Neuroscience at University College London (UCL) has made groundbreaking findings on the molecular causes of this brain disorder. His discoveries provide the basis for therapeutic approaches and potential medicines. The award ceremony will take place on World Alzheimer’s Day - September 21, 2015 - in Bonn, Germany.
“John Hardy is a pioneer,“ says Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Chairman of the DZNE’s Executive Board. “To him we owe groundbreaking insights into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease and the role of certain proteins for its pathogenesis. Hardy has been involved for more than 25 years in the investigation of Alzheimer’s and shapes this area of research to date. Worldwide, he is one of the most cited Alzheimer’s researchers by scientific journals.”
Arnulf and Olaf Piepenbrock, both Chief Executive Officers and Chairmen of Piepenbrock Group, see in the disease not only a challenge for science but also for society. “In Germany, about 1.5 Million people have dementia. Many of them are affected by Alzheimer’s. We require new approaches in order to help patients and their relatives,” as Olaf Piepenbrock explains the motif for donating the prize money. “Groundbreaking research for possible therapies is the best way to achieve this. With the award we aim at honoring outstanding accomplishments in this field.”
Every two years the “Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize” honors outstanding contributions to the study of neurodegenerative diseases. These diseases, which include Alzheimer’s, are characterized by neuronal dysfunctions and the death of nerve cells. The prize is endowed by the Piepenbrock Group. The winner is chosen by an international committee under the coordination of the DZNE.
This year, the prize will be awarded for the third time. In 2013 it went jointly to the Swiss Adriano Aguzzi and the US-American Charles Weissmann, in 2011 the awardee was the German molecular biologist Konrad Beyreuther.
Background on the awardee
John Hardy (born 1954) is Professor of Neuroscience at University College London (UCL) and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He specializes in molecular genetics. Hardy is one of the world’s leading experts on the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases of the nervous system. For roughly two decades, the British scientist has been giving new momentum to this field of research time and again and continues to do so today. Particularly outstanding is a discovery Hardy made at the beginning of the 1990s: He was the first to find a genetic defect that can trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Today, several such defects are known.
With the discovery of this genetic fault which may occur in the blueprint of the so-called amyloid precursor protein, Hardy laid one of the cornerstones of the “amyloid hypothesis”. This hypothesis assumes that Alzheimer’s is caused by defective proteins – called “amyloids” – that accumulate in the brain thereby damaging the nerve cells.
The amyloid hypothesis is one of the most significant models for explaining the molecular processes underlying Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, it is the basis for several treatment approaches that aim to prevent an accumulation of defective proteins or to dissolve existing aggregates.
The Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize is awarded in remembrance of the Group’s former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the same name. Hartwig Piepenbrock himself passed away after suffering from dementia. He had been committed to art, science and society for many years.
The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) investigates the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops strategies for prevention, treatment and care. It is an institution of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with sites in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten. The DZNE cooperates closely with universities, their clinics and other research facilities. Website: http://www.dzne.de
The Piepenbrock Group is an owner-managed family enterprise in the fourth generation. Piepenbrock relieves and strengthens its customers with a broad attendance range, for example in the business units facility management, cleaning services, maintenance and security services. In the field of mechanical engineering Piepenbrock is successful in producing packaging machines. The company is further known for its high-performance chemical products. Piepenbrock epitomizes sustainable acting. Since 2014, the company has been carrying the seal “ensured sustainability” of the “Deutsches privates Institut für Nachhaltigkeit und Ökonomie”. Website: http://www.piepenbrock.de
Dr. Marcus Neitzert | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
RNA: a vicious pathway to cancer ?
14.08.2017 | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Extensive Funding for Research on Chromatin, Adrenal Gland, and Cancer Therapy
28.06.2017 | Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.
As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...
Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.
Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...
For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.
While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...
An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.
The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...
A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...
16.08.2017 | Event News
04.08.2017 | Event News
26.07.2017 | Event News
18.08.2017 | Life Sciences
18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
18.08.2017 | Materials Sciences