Congratulations to Sir Adrian Bird, Buchanan Professor of Genetics based at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, member of the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain and Principal Investigator in the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, who has been awarded the world’s most prestigious neuroscience prize for his work to understand a rare neurological disorder.
Each year, The Brain Prize is awarded to one or more brain researchers who have had a ground-breaking impact on brain research.
Established in 2010, the Brain Prize is awarded by Denmark's largest private funder of neuroscience research, the Lundbeck Foundation.
In only a few years the Prize has become known as the most distinguished neuroscience prize in the world. Prize winners are awarded DKK 10 million – approximately €1 million
Professor Bird has been announced as joint winner in recognition for his outstanding contribution to research on Rett Syndrome.
He shares the prize with fellow scientist Professor Huda Zoghbi for their work on the disease. Huda Zoghbi is a professor of genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, US.
Rett syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects brain development, resulting in severe mental and physical disability in children who often require lifelong 24-hour care. The debilitating autism spectrum disorder is estimated to affect about 1 in 12,000 girls, but is extremely rare in boys.