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    Price of the Fondation Philippe Chatrier awarded to Erika Cecon

    Erika Cecon was rewarded for her work in the field of Alzheimer disease (AD).

    logo fondation de franceLogo_Fondation_ChatrierErika Cecon, post-doc in the team "Functional Pharmacology and Pathophysiology of Membrane Receptors" directed by Dr. Ralf Jockers at the Institut Cochin obtained this year the Price of the Fondation Philippe Chatrier, which awards young scientist working on Alzheimer's disease. 

    The project of Erika Cecon consists in the elucidation of the « Role of membrane receptors in Alzheimer disease ». The price has been awarded on January 20th, 2016 at the Collège des Bernardins, Paris in the frame of the “Remise des Prix médicaux de la Fondation de France“

    AD is a neurodegenerative disease, which is characterized by the presence of plaques composed of aggregates of the amyloid-beta peptide (Ab), responsible for neuronal damage and memory loss observed in AD patients. The work of Erika Cecon showed that Ab interfers with the function of membrane receptors involved in the signal transduction of hormones and neurotransmitters such as the receptor for melatonin, the hormone that protects neurons and regulates the sleep/wake cycle. It will be interesting to see if genetic variants of melatonin receptors represent a risk factor for AD development and whether the function of other membrane receptors are also affected by Ab. This study will be essential to develop new drugs for AD patients.(R. Jockers, E. Manck, E. Cecon)

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