MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prana Biotechnology Limited (ASX:PBT/NASDAQ:PRAN) is pleased to congratulate its Chief Scientist, Professor Rudy Tanzi, who has been awarded a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for his work researching Alzheimer’s disease.
The American Ingenuity Award is the Smithsonian’s highest honour, recognising revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts, sciences, education and social progress.
Professor Tanzi shared the award for Natural Sciences with his research collaborator Dr Doo Yeon Kim.
“We congratulate Professor Tanzi on receiving this award, which recognises his work on Alzheimer’s and efforts to find effective treatments for this debilitating neurodegenerative disease,” said Prana CEO Geoffrey Kempler.
Professor Tanzi and Dr Kim received the award for developing a laboratory tool, dubbed “Alzheimer’s in a dish”, that enables researchers a chance to track the course of the disease and to quickly and cheaply test thousands of potential treatments that could halt its progress.
Prana is developing PBT2 as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. PBT2 is being developed for its potential to reduce beta- amyloid and tau levels and the toxic gain of function of these proteins to improve neuronal cell viability in the brain.
Professor Tanzi is the co-founding scientist of Prana. He has investigated the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease since 1982 and co-discovered the three genes which cause early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. He is the Director of Genetics and Aging Research Unit at the MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice-Chair of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
About Prana Biotechnology Limited
Prana Biotechnology was established to commercialise research into Huntington disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. The Company was incorporated in 1997 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2000 and listed on NASDAQ in September 2002. Researchers at prominent international institutions including The University of Melbourne, The Mental Health Research Institute (Melbourne) and Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, contributed to the discovery of Prana’s technology.
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