The Foundation pour la Recherche sur Alzheimer has awarded the European Grand Prix for Young Researcher-SCOR to Rita.
The objective of the Foundation for Research on Alzheimer Disease is to contribute to the development of research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. As part of its efforts to achieve this objective, the Foundation, in partnership with the SCOR Science Foundation, awards an annual prize, based on a choice made by its “Comité Scientifique”. Rita was selected for her work in highlighting the role of the mutation of TREM2 in some frontotemporal dementias and as a risk factor when in the heterozygous state in Alzheimer’s disease.
“Thank you very much to the Foundation pour la Recherche sur Alzheimer for the ‘Prix Européen Jeune Chercheur-SCOR 2014’.
It is a great honor to receive this prize that represents the recognition by the international scientific community of the work we have been developing in the past decade. Although this is an individual prize it reflects the work and effort of a large group: colleagues, students and collaborators. I want to thank them all! I also want to thank my husband for working with me every day to uncover new genetic causes and factors underlying several neurological diseases and the great mentors I was lucky to have in my life: Prof. Catarina Resende de Oliveira, Dr. Andrew Singleton and Prof. John Hardy. Also, a big thank you to Alzheimer’s Research UK for funding my work in the past 3 years.
Although it recognises the work we have done in the past, this prize motivates us to continue to work hard and do our part to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases.
So, let’s do it!”