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Konrad Beyreuther

Konrad Beyreuther (born 1941) received his PhD in Chemistry in 1968, habilitating in Genetics in 1975.After pursuing his research at Harvard University and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, he became a professor at the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne, in 1978. Relocating to Heidelberg in 1987, he took over a full professorship at the "Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg" (Centre for Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University; ZMBH), which he held until 2007. Now an internationally renowned Alzheimer researcher, Konrad Beyreuther founded the "Netzwerk AlternsfoRschung" (Network Aging Research; NAR) in 2006, becoming its first director. This interdisciplinary research centre investigates ageing, with an emphasis on biology, medicine and psychology, as well as sociology and economy. Konrad Beyreuther's significant contributions have been instrumental in discovering the chemical structure of the beta-amyloid plaques characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. For his research he has been awarded many prizes and honours; among others, he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004. He is a member of the Heidelberg as well as the Göttingen Academies of Sciences and Humanities and of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Konrad Beyreuther also used to be a Council of State member with the Baden-Württemberg government from 2001 to 2006.

Important Publication: Demenzen. Grundlagen und Klinik (2002, eds. Konrad Beyreuther, Karl M. Einhäupl, Hans Förstl, Alexander Kurz).