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Award for dementia researcher from New York City

Groundbreaking insights into the genetics of brain diseases

Grant and Award Announcement

DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

This year’s “Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize”, endowed with 60,000 euros, goes to the British neuroscientist Alison Goate, DPhil. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to research into Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. Professor Goate researches and teaches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, an international leader in biomedical education, research, and patient care located in New York City. The prize is presented jointly by the Piepenbrock Group and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). The award ceremony will take place in Bonn, Germany next December.

“Alison Goate has been a leading authority on the genetic factors of dementia for more than thirty years,” said Professor Pierluigi Nicotera, Chairman of DZNE’s Executive Board. “Her research has provided major insights into the disease process and contributed to the development of novel treatment options.”

“Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases need more publicity and awareness. The Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize is our way of supporting this,” said Olaf Piepenbrock, managing partner of the Piepenbrock Group. “The scientists are making an important contribution and thus laying the foundation for new possibilities for prevention and treatment. Neurodegenerative diseases cause enormous physical and psychological burdens - not only for patients, but also for caregiving relatives. It is important to us to bring Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases into the public discussion and to create a better understanding of the needs of affected patients and their family members.”

About the Laureate

Alison Mary Goate was born in the UK and studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford. She worked at Washington University in St. Louis from 1992 to 2014 prior to joining Icahn School of Medicine in 2015. She is founding director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at Mount Sinai in New York City. Her research is directed at hereditary factors that play a role in neurodegenerative diseases. Over the years, Dr. Goate has been involved in the discovery of several gene variants (mutations) that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia: Some of these mutations actually cause disease, while others just increase the risk of disease. Goate’s research has laid important groundwork for the development of so-called anti-amyloid and anti-tau agents. Anti-amyloid drugs have recently been approved in the U.S. for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, while anti-tau agents are still being tested. Goate has already been honored multiple times for her scientific achievements.

About the Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize

Since 2011, the “Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize” has been awarded every two years for outstanding research on neurodegenerative disorders. These diseases, which include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are characterized by dysfunctions and death of neurons. This can lead to dementia, movement disorders or other severe health problems. To date there are no cures. The prize is sponsored by the Piepenbrock Group and awarded in remembrance of its former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Hartwig Piepenbrock, who passed away after suffering from dementia. He was committed to the arts, science, and society for many years. Prize winners are selected by an international committee, coordinated by DZNE. On this occasion, the prize will be awarded for the seventh time.


About the Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen, DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases): DZNE is a research institute funded by the German federal and state governments, comprising ten sites across Germany. It is dedicated to diseases of the brain and nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, which are associated with dementia, movement disorders and other serious health impairments. To date, there are no cures for these diseases, which represent an enormous burden for countless affected individuals, their families, and the healthcare system. The aim of DZNE is to develop novel strategies for prevention, diagnosis, care, as well as treatment, and to transfer them into practice. To this end, DZNE cooperates with universities, university hospitals, research centers and other institutions in Germany and abroad. The institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association and belongs to the German Centers for Health Research.

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