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Mainz scientist honored for Alzheimer's research

Mainz scientist honored for Alzheimer’s research

DrOrth Dormann, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Gothenburg in Mainz, received the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Prize from the Hans and Elsie Breuer Foundation in Frankfurt. The prize money is 280,000 euros, which Dorman can use for scientific work at her institute. Born in 1976, the scientist is studying a protein called TDP-43, which plays a role in both Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.

If TDP-43 interacts with the so-called tau protein, which is also deposited in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, the disease is particularly difficult. Dorman and her team would like to better understand the interactions between Tau and TDP-43 in order to find new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

Dormann has already received numerous awards for her work, including the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstedter Prize for Young Talents and the Heinz Mayer-Leibnitz Prize from the German Research Foundation. The Frankfurt-based Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation aims to improve the living conditions of dementia patients and their relatives. It also encourages research mental illness With prizes and grants.