Frank Bradke (DZNE) receives renowned Roger de Spoelberch Prize

Prof. Frank Bradke (© Photo: DZNE/Laubert Photo)

Frank Bradke, head of the working group “Axon Growth and Regeneration” at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and professor at the University of Bonn, received the 2018 award of the Swiss Roger de Spoelberch Foundation. Each year 750,000 € go to a clinical and basic scientific research project in the area of neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders. Frank Bradke convinced the jury with his research on the growth and regeneration of neurons. Neurons of the spinal cord cannot heal themselves, which is why their damage or transection usually leads to permanent paralysis. Frank Bradke and his team were able to demonstrate in laboratory experiments that certain active substances stimulate the injured neurons to regrow. They also reduce scarring, which is just as essential since scar tissue releases molecular compounds that block the growth of damaged neurons. Therefore, these studies might serve as basis for novel therapies in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.