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Posted in Awards & Appointments on 29th Oct 2013

Life Time Achievement Award

Congratulations to Franz Gerstenbrand who was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award during the World Congress of Neurology in Vienna in September.

Franz Gerstenbrand who was born in south Moravia was accepted for training in neurology in 1950. His career led him to become head of the Neurological University Clinic in Innsbruck. He was also responsible for the implementation of a stroke unit long before these units were obligatory for most neurological departments in Austria or abroad, as well as a neurological CT department, a highly specified chemical laboratory and a neurological intensive care department.

Foulkes Foundation Medal Winner 2013 announced

AA-Foulkes-medal-winnerThe 2013 Foulkes Foundation Medal, which recognises outstanding early career biomedical researchers has been awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences to Dr Akhilesh Reddy, a neuroscientist at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge.

The Foulkes Foundation Medal recognises a rising star in biomedical research for making a significant impact on UK bioscience within ten years of finishing their PhD.

The winner will receive the Medal and a cash prize of £1500, and will deliver a lecture on their research at the Academy’s annual Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training.

Dr Reddy is a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow, whose research focuses on the role of circadian rhythms in the brain. It explores how disruption of this clockwork programming through old age, neurological disease, and even shift-work can impact on health and life expectancy. He is specifically working on the role of sleep dysfunction in patients with neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Research UK grants Bath scientist funds for new dementia study

Dr Giordano Pula from the University of Bath’s Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology has been awarded £29,000 by Alzheimer’s Research UK to study vascular complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, funded by the UK’s leading dementia research charity, aims to understand how blood cells and blood vessels can be affected during the disease and to shed light on why people with Alzheimer’s also seem more prone to vascular problems, such as stroke. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Ilaria Canobbio and Professor Mauro Torti from the University of Pavia (Italy).

The researchers will study how amyloid interacts with platelets, the circulating cells responsible for blood clotting, and the lining of our blood vessels. In particular, they will study whether presence of amyloid makes platelets clot more readily.

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ACNR 2013;13:6 Published online 29/10/13