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08/27/15 - Mystery of polar bear Knut’s disease finally solved

The polar bear suffered from an autoimmune disease of the brain. This non-infectious illness is called “anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis”, with symptoms in human patients similar to those displayed by Knut. Knut is the first wild or domestic animal in which this form of encephalitis has been demonstrated. DZNE scientist report on this in the journal “Scientific Reports”.

08/04/15 - Award for a Pioneer of Alzheimer’s Research

British neuroscientist John Hardy will be awarded this year’s “Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize” which is endowed with 60,000 Euro. Piepenbrock and the DZNE herewith honor his seminal contributions to the study of Alzheimer’s disease.