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: http://www.thebrainprize.org/
The Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize