Every two years the Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize honors outstanding contributions to the study of neurodegenerative diseases. These diseases, which include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are characterized by neuronal dysfunctions and the death of nerve cells. This may cause dementia, movement disorders or other health problems.
The Prize is endowed by the Piepenbrock Group and awarded in remembrance of its former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Hartwig Piepenbrock himself passed away after suffering from dementia. He had been committed to art, science and society for many years.
The winner is chosen by an international committee, coordinated by the DZNE.
The awardees so far:
2011 Prof. Konrad Beyreuther, University Heidelberg, Germany
2013 Prof. Charles Weissmann, Scripps Research Institute Florida, USA
Prof. Adriano Aguzzi, University Zürich, Swiss
2015 Prof. John Hardy, University College London (UCL), England
2017 Prof. Heiko Braak, University Ulm, Germany