John Hardy, University College London, UK
Professor John Hardy is a world-leading neurogeneticist in the field of neurodegenerative diseases and has received numerous accolades, including the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Brain Prize and, in 2009, being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1991, Hardy's team uncovered the first mutation directly implicated in Alzheimer's disease, which lead to the formulation of the influential amyloid cascade hypothesis. The UK Dementia Research Institute programme will build on his extensive body of work in genetics, which will be used by the team to unravel pathogenic networks in neurodegenerative disease.
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