The 59th Erwin von Bälz Prize awarded to Dr. Makoto Higuchi

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The 59th Bälz Prize (Boehringer Ingelheim), named after Dr. Erwin von Bälz, a German doctor who contributed to the development of modern medical science in Japan, was awarded at the German Ambassador’s residence on 2 December. The theme of this year’s “Bälz Prize”, which is awarded for excellent medical papers, is “Alzheimer’s disease – diagnosis, therapy, prevention -”. The Bälz Prize is endowed with 8 million yen (1st prize) and 4 million yen (2nd prize).

The first Prize was awarded to Dr. Makoto Higuchi, Department Head, Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute for Quantum Medical Science, Quantum Life and Medical Science Directorate, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST), for his paper “Neuroimaging-based synergistic research on the etiology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and allied disorders”. The second prize was awarded to Dr. Takeshi Iwatsubo, Professor, Department of Neuropathology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, for his paper “Alzheimer’s disease: toward the mechanism-based diagnosis, assessment and treatment and prevention through disease-modification”.

First prize winner Dr. Higuchi also maintains close research ties with the universities of Ulm and Freiburg.

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