Richard Mayeux MD, MSc, is Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and co-director of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s and the Aging Brain, Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Mayeux will receive the award during the American Academy of Neurology’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, held April 28 – May 5, 2007.

The Potamkin Prize honours and rewards researchers for their work in helping advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The goal of the prize is to help attract the best medical minds and most dedicated scientists in the world to the field of dementia research.

Mayeux is being honoured for his work showing that Alzheimer’s disease likely results from a complex mixture of altered genes and exposure to environmental factors. “Winning this award and being included in such an esteemed group of past researchers is a tremendous honour,” said Mayeux. “Understanding how variations in genes interact with environmental factors will help to create risk profiles and design better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, including the possibility of prevention or delay.”

MEDICA.de; Source: Columbia University Medical Center