Maximilian Wiesmann has won the Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize 2018 for his thesis 'Vascular Risk Factors and Alzheimer’s Disease - Therapeutic Approaches in Mouse Models'. He will receive the prize and give a lecture on the most important findings described in his thesis, at the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting, in Lunteren on Thursday, June 7th.Maximilian Wiesmann has won the Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize 2018 for his thesis 'Vascular Risk Factors and Alzheimer’s Disease - Therapeutic Approaches in Mouse Models'. He will receive the prize and give a lecture on the most important findings described in his thesis, at the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting, in Lunteren on Thursday, June 7th. The jury, composed of Prof. Dr. Birte Forstmann (UvA), Prof. Dr. Jos Prickaerts (UM) and Prof.Dr. F. Hoebeek (UU), received 13 nominations from Ph.D. supervisors of universities and research institutes throughout the Netherlands. The jury was impressed by the high quality of the research, the timely topic and scope of approaches used by Dr. Wiesmann and unanimously decided to award him the Thesis Prize 2018.
Maximilian Wiesmann studied medical biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen and earned his Master’s degree (cum laude) in 2012. He has defended his Ph.D. thesis in March 2017 (cum laude). Being performed at the departments of Anatomy (Co-supervisor: Dr. Amanda J. Kiliaan), Geriatric medicine (Co-supervisor: Dr. Jurgen A.H.R. Claassen), and Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (Doctoral Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Arend Heerschap) and at the Preclinical Imaging Centre (PRIME) of the RadboudUMC Nijmegen, the research aimed to elucidate the underlying pathological processes of major vascular risk factors, hypertension, apoE4, and stroke during very early development of neurodegenerative processes in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) using multiple mice models. Furthermore, he not only investigated whether vascular risk factors have the potential to accelerate the course of neurodegenerative processes but, importantly, also the capacity of antihypertensives and specific multi-nutrient diets to serve as preventive treatment against AD-like symptoms. The thesis consisted of a large body of multidisciplinary, original studies of excellent quality, resulting in new insights in the role of diet and vascular determinants of Alzheimer disease.
The Dutch Neurofederation Ph.D. Thesis Prize (https://neurofederatie.nl/) is meant as an encouragement for new talented neuroscientists. The prize is presented annually during the Dutch Neuroscience Meeting (DNM).
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