The Hans Wigzell Research Foundation (Hans Wigzells forskningsstiftelse) will today award its third annual scientific prize to the neuroscientist Professor Li-Huei Tsai at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. Professor Tsai is to receive the prize of USD 100,000 for her pioneering research on the causes and possible therapy of Alzheimer’s disease.
The research, carried out at Picower Institute for Learning and Memory Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology has rapidly resulted in ongoing, advanced clinical trials on Alzheimer’s patients, and has attracted considerable interest in the medical world.
Part of the foundation’s citation reads:
“Professor Li-Huei Tsai at MIT has made a number of impressive findings in Alzheimer’s disease. In her research she has been involved in developing completely new methods that, through selective light stimulation in animal experiments, have been able to cause Alzheimer’s disease mice to drastically improve in their disease.”
Rhenman & Partners Asset Management is the initiator and founder of the research foundation.