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Media Report: Pioneering dementia scientists including SyNergy member Christian Haass received the world’s most prestigious prize in neuroscience

The Guardian: Prize winner Prof John Hardy to donate prize money to anti-Brexit Group.


A predicted exodus of European doctors, nurses and care workers following Brexit will be disastrous for Alzheimer’s patients and their families, according to a pioneering dementia scientist who was on Tuesday named as a joint recipient of the world’s most prestigious prize in neuroscience.

Speaking at a press conference in London ahead of the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Brain prize, Prof John Hardy, of University College London, described the UK leaving the EU as an “unmitigated disaster for science and an unmitigated disaster for the health service”, adding that he planned to donate some of his prize money to the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain.

Hardy shares the €1m prize from the Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark with Prof Bart De Strooper, director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at University College London, Prof Michel Goedert of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and Prof Christian Haass of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Together the scientists helped map out the genetics and biological processes that underpin the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. more