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A young researcher in the Klenerman group has received a prestigious award from Alzheimer’s Research UK for his dementia research.

Postdoctoral researcher Dr Jason Sang was awarded the Alzheimer’s Research UK Jean Corsan Prize for best paper by an early career researcher.  In the article, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Dr Sang describes how he and other departmental researchers found that a protein that builds up in Parkinson's disease spreads through the brain in a way similar to the prion protein responsible for Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (CJD).

Dr Sang said: “Winning the Jean Corsan prize is the highlight of my career so far. It’s an honour to receive this award and to be given an opportunity to present my work to world experts at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference."

Several other Cambridge researchers received awards at the conference, including Dr Ben Falcon, a postdoctoral researcher at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Dr Thomas Cope, a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in dementia at the University of Cambridge, and Fiona Calvert, a PhD student at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.  Dr Jemeen Sreedharan, now at King's College London, received an award for earlier work at the Babraham Institute, also in Cambridge. 

Direct observation of Murine Prion Protein Replication in Vitro, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140 (44), pp 14789-14798, Jason C. Sang, Georg Meisl, Alana M. Thackray, Liu Hong, Aleks Ponjavic, Tuomas P.J. Knowles, Raymond Bujdoso, and David Klenerman.