Invitation to press conference in Berlin on June 10th, 2010

The causes of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Dementia or Parkinson are largely unknown. Their investigation requires basic and clinical research as well as population-based studies. So far the exchange within and between these disciplines is very very much restricted as standardized guidelines and mechanisms, which would provide comparable results, are still missing. For a quick and efficient translation to therapy however comparability is absolutely essential.

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the British Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) want to develop common guidelines and technologies for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. The agreement will be signed at a press conference in attendance of representatives of the British, Canadian and German governments to emphasize the importance of the international initiative.

We warmly invite you to join the press conference

at the British Embassy,
Wilhelmstrasse 70-71, 10117 Berlin,
on June 10th, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Participants are the signatories Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director and Chairman of the Board of the DZNE, Professor Chris Kennard, Chair of MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board and member of MRC Strategy Board, Dr. Robert Buckle, Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the MRC, and Dr. Rémi Quirion, Executive Director of the International Collaborative Research Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease of the CIHR.

Dr. Helge Braun, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research (BMBF), the British Ambassador Sir Michael Arthur and Christopher MacLean, Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy, support the cooperation.

The security regulations of the British Embassy require a written registration by June 7th on the enclosed registration form or via email to “”. Guests have to show their identity card.

We would be very glad about your participation.

Yours sincerely,

Sonja Jülich-Abbas

Sonja Jülich-Abbas
Head Public Relations and Spokesperson (prov.)
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE)
Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2
D- 53175 Bonn

phone +49 (228) 30899-225
fax +49 (228) 30899-222
mobile +49 (172) 2838930
(idw, 06/2010)

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