Alzheimer’s researchers win world’s top brain research prize

The Brain Prize for 2018 is awarded to Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, Christian Haass and John Hardy for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease, with far-reaching implications for the development of new therapeutic interventions.

The Lundbeck Foundation, which owns most of Lundbeck, has just announced the winners of its Brain Prize of one million euros. The prize is awarded to four Alzheimer’s for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Brain Prize is the world's biggest brain research prize and has been awarded annually since 2011 as part of the Lundbeck Foundation's work to support and promote biomedical sciences research. Each year the foundation distributes grants of almost half a billion Danish kroner. Around half of this amount is donated to brain health, which is the foundation's special focus area. Part of this money stems from profits generated by Lundbeck and is in this way cycled back into society.

The research pioneered by these four European scientists has revolutionised our understanding of the changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer´s disease and related types of dementias. Around 10 million people in Europe have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases of the ageing brain cause a great deal of suffering for patients and their families and are a huge challenge for society. It is among the hardest diseases to get a grip on despite dramatic progress over the last decades. This year’s Brain Prize winners have individually and together, made essential contributions to the genetic and molecular knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease which are the foundations for finding new ways to diagnose, treat and possibly even prevent it and other devastating diseases of the ageing brain.


Read more about The Brain Prize and the winners’ contribution to Alzheimer’s disease research:


The Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize

  • The one million Euro Brain Prize is awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark. In 2018, the Prize will be awarded for the eighth consecutive year.
  • The Brain Prize is a personal prize, awarded to one or more scientists who have achieved distinction through outstanding contributions to brain research. More information can be found on The Brain Prize website,
  • The Lundbeck Foundation is one of the largest, industrial foundations in Denmark with a market value of more than DKK 60 billion. The Lundbeck Foundation annually grants approx. DKK 500 million in support of Danish-based, biomedical research of the highest, international quality with a special focus on brain health as part of the foundation’s vision to create better lives through new knowledge,
  • Watch the announcement live on 6 March, 14.00 GMT -
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