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Michel Goedert receives prestigious Royal Medal from the Royal Society

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Published on Thursday, 18 July 2019

Prof. Michel Goedert, member of the University's Board of Governors, has been awarded the Royal Medal for his research on molecular biology in neurodegenerative diseases.

Prof. Michel Goedert, Programme leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, received the Royal Medal for his research on molecular biology. Precisely, his work identifying and characterising assembled tau protein and alpha-synuclein, and showing that they form the inclusions of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases earned him the reward.

Founded in 1825, the three Royal Medals recognise exceptional researchers who make ground-breaking contributions to physical, biological and applied sciences. They are conferred by the Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the United Kingdom. Two medals are awarded for contributions to “Natural Knowledge” in the physical and biological sciences respectively. A third medal is awarded for distinguished contributions in the applied sciences. This year, the two other Royal Medals were awarded to Dame Carol Robinson of the University of Oxford and Dame Ann Dowling of the University of Cambridge.

“I am honoured to receive the Royal Medal and feel humbled when I read the list of previous recipients,” says Prof Goedert. “My work on neurodegenerative diseases would not have been possible without the support of Aaron Klug, the international culture of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the contributions of a number of close collaborators.”

In 2018, Prof. Michel Goedert received the distinguished Brain Prize 2018 from the Lundbeck Foundation.