Scientist from Institut NeuroMyoGène awarded with science prize
This year’s “Dresden Prize for the Study on Autoantibodies” goes to Dr. Christian Moritz, scientist from the Institut NeuroMyoGène at the University of Lyon. The proteome scientist and neurobiologist Moritz works in the team “Synaptopathies and autoantibodies (synatac)” of Dr. Jérôme Honnorat and Dr. Jean-Christophe Antoine in Saint-Étienne. Their research addresses the repertoire of targeted autoantigens in patients with rare autoimmune neuropathies, such as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). In these diseases, the patients’ immune system attacks their own nerve tissue for example via autoantibodies, resulting in severe disabilities and sensory disturbances like chronic pain. The prize jury awarded Dr. Moritz’ novel approach using a holistic analysis of the autoantigen repertoire, which aims to expand the previous focus on single autoantibodies. The prize was awarded during the 14th Dresden Symposium on Autoantibodies in Dresden/Germany and goes, apart from Moritz, to Madeleine Jenning (Berlin). The winners won against other nominees from the USA, Germany, Belgium, Austria, and Hungary.
Picture: Chairman Dr. Karsten Conrad (on the left) with the two winners of the Dresden Prize on Autoantibodies, Madeleine Jenning and Christian Moritz