Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

DZNE scientist receives the Alzheimer Research Award of the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation

23.11.2012
Prof. Thomas Misgeld from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) as well as the Technischen Universität München and Prof. Boris Schmidt, Technische Universität Darmstadt, have been awarded with the 2012 Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation Alzheimer Research Award.
The prize money totals 100,000 EUR and will be shared between the two scientists. The award ceremony took place on the 21st of November as part of the Eibsee Meeting “Cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration”. “We congratulate Thomas Misgeld for receiving this prestigious award“, notes Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the DZNE.

Thomas Misgeld receives the award for his pioneering research on the construction and destruction of nerve connections in the brain. Neurons communicate with each other via very long prolongations, also known as axons. Prof. Misgeld studies this extremely complicated process in the living brain of model organisms. He has developed microscopy techniques that enable one to visualize the mitochondria, or the power plants of the cell, with the help of lasers. Moreover, his techniques allow him to observe the transport of these power plants along the long axons and to measure its speed exactly.

Already at an early stage, the award-winning scientist discovered that his findings are not only of great relevance for the normal healthy brain but also for many forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In these diseases, one malfunction happens when the transport of the power plants via the axons is retarded. This leads to a transport storage, which then causes death of the axons. Prof. Misgeld found that radicals initiate this process of axon death. Radicals are extremely reactive and highly toxic compounds. Misgeld showed that this process can be stopped with “free radical scavengers”. Moreover, he demonstrated that this process is reversible – both groundbreaking discoveries that are of great importance for therapeutic approaches to combat diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Thomas Misgeld studied medicine at the Technische Universität München. In 1999, he received his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried. Since 2009 he has been Professor of Biomolecular Sensors at the TU Munich and is a member of the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM). He has received several major research awards, including the MS Wyeth Young Investigator Award, the Robert Feulgen Prize, the Sofya Kovalevskaya Prize and the Schilling Award. In September 2012, Thomas Misgeld joined the DZNE.

Contact

Dr. Dirk Förger
Head of Press and Public Relations
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
+49 228/43302 260
dirk.foerger@dzne.de

Sonja Jülich-Abbas | idw
Further information:
http://www.dzne.de

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht The quest for the oldest ice on Earth
14.11.2016 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

nachricht Empa Innovation Award for new flame retardant
09.11.2016 | Empa - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Shape matters when light meets atom

Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices

Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

IHP presents the fastest silicon-based transistor in the world

05.12.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering

InLight study: insights into chemical processes using light

05.12.2016 | Materials Sciences

High-precision magnetic field sensing

05.12.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>