The prestigious 2021 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases has been awarded to Prof Giovanna Mallucci, UK DRI Centre Director and van Geest Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge, for her work into the loss of synapses in neurodegenerative disease. The accolade is shared with Dr Ken Kosik, a Harriman Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Potamkin Prize is given in partnership with the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation. First established in 1988 to honour Luba Potamkin who was diagnosed with Pick's disease, it is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Alzheimer's research. Over the years, it has awarded more than $3 million to 68 scientists conducting innovative research in the field, including UK DRI researchers Prof Karen Duff, Prof John Hardy and Prof Bart De Strooper.