FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, one of the largest independent funders of neurodegenerative research that enables field-advancing programs, resources and breakthrough solutions for primary tauopathies, today announced Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will be awarded the 2024 Outstanding Innovation in Neurodegenerative Disease Research Prize of $400,000, and Cristian Lasagna-Reeves, Ph.D., M.S., Indiana University School of Medicine will be awarded the Rainwater Prize for Innovative Early-Career Scientist of $200,000. The prizes will be presented during the Tau2024 Global Conference on March 25-26, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
- The Rainwater Prize Program , now in its fifth year, aims to highlight and support scientific progress toward addressing critical gaps for neurodegenerative diseases associated with the accumulation of the tau protein in the brain.
- Currently, Dr. Lasagna-Reeves' lab focuses on understanding the role of tau in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
- Dr. Lasagna-Reeves winning this year's Early-Career Prize recognizes the scientific discoveries that could lead to a potential new therapeutic approach for tauopathies.
- We're proud to support their research and provide resources that may contribute to potential future breakthroughs in our understanding of tau."