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Professor Andrea Pfeiffer, Ayn Borda Prize Winner: "You Can't Cure Alzheimer's Disease"

Professor Andrea Pfeiffer, Ayn Borda Prize Winner: “You Can’t Cure Alzheimer’s Disease”

In German “there is hope”: “there is hope.” This is the message of particular interest to Professor Andrea Pfeiffer. She and her team have researched Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases for many years, and in 2003 she and colleagues founded AC Immune, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The entrepreneur said in an exclusive interview with as part of DLD Conference 2022 in Munich. Here, too, it is important to develop an effective vaccine so that “Alzheimer’s disease can be detected and treated at an early stage,” says Professor Andrea Pfeiffer.

In the interview above, the Ayn Borda award winner tells us how best to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and how relatives can deal with the disease more easily.

Alzheimer’s disease: ’70 percent of those affected are women’

Professor Andrea Pfeiffer was awarded the ‘Ayn Borda 2022’ in Munich on May 21 in recognition of her research work. This is traditionally presented to influential women and their visionary ideas – in memory of Ayn Burda’s entrepreneurial and social commitment. This year, Elisabeth Furtwängler (30), daughter of publishers Hubert Borda and Maria Furtwängler, presented the important award.

The honorary winner accepts the award “for many,” she told us in an interview. Above all, she thinks of her team, which is more than half made up of women. Women’s appearance also plays an important role in Alzheimer’s disease research, because “70 percent of sufferers are women, but also 70 percent of caregivers are women,” says Professor Pfeiffer. the reason? People get older and women, on average, have a longer life expectancy than men: “The older you get, the more likely you are to develop Alzheimer’s disease,” says the researcher. That’s why Andrea Pfeiffer wants to “enlighten her that something can be done” in the future.

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