Alzheimer’s researcher wins top European research award

A Camden-based dementia researcher has been awarded the prestigious Fondazione Gino Galletti Neuroscience Prize 2015. Rita Guerreiro, MSc, PhD, is an Alzheimer’s Society senior research fellow and works at the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology. Her innovative work there has led to the identification of a new genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the first discovery of such a gene for the condition in 15 years. Dr Guerreiro won the prize, which is given to an early-career researcher working in Europe in the field of ‘Neurodegenerative pathologies’ in recognition of her discovery of the association of the gene TREM2 with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Rita, 35, who is originally from Estremoz, Portugal, but now lives in St Albans, said: ‘I believe…


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