Professor Adriano Aguzzi
Institute of Neuropathology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
"Prions, prionoids and neurodegeneration"
Professor Aguzzi has devoted the past 25 years to studying the immunological and molecular basis of prion pathogenesis, combining transgenetics with molecular and immunological techniques to clarify the pathogenesis of the disease, and to identify cells and molecules involved in prion neuroinvasion. He has developed diagnostic and therapeutic methods in the field of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.
Among other honors, Prof. Aguzzi has won the Ernst-Jung Prize, the Robert Koch Prize, the medal of the European Molecular Biology Organization, the NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award and has held two ERC Advanced Grants.