Konrad Beyreuther

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Konrad Beyreuther (born May 14, 1941 in Leutersdorf ) is a German molecular biologist .


Konrad Beyreuther was born as the son of a Protestant pastor. He studied chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . He completed his doctoral thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich with Adolf Butenandt . In 1968 he was awarded a Dr. rer. nat. PhD . He then worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Genetics at the University of Cologne until 1978 . During that time he also did research at Harvard University and at the MRC Cambridge , Great Britain . In 1975 he completed his habilitation in genetics.

Beyreuther was a professor at the University of Cologne until 1987 . From 1987 to 2007 he was professor and full professor at the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH) at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg , whose director he was from 1998 to 2001. Since January 2006 he has been the founding director of the Network Aging Research (NAR) at Heidelberg University.


Konrad Beyreuther is the discoverer of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) as a possible origin protein of Alzheimer's disease. Today's global Alzheimer's research goes back to the original work of Konrad Beyreuther and his colleague Colin Masters in the 1980s. He also discovered the BSE pathogen together with British researchers in 1988 and is now devoting himself to research into the fundamentals of Alzheimer's disease in humans.

In 2001, Beyreuther was appointed to the state government by the then Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg , Erwin Teufel, as an honorary State Councilor for the protection of life and health. He was also a member of the cabinet under Prime Minister Günther Oettinger as State Councilor for Life Sciences. In this function, Beyreuther advised the cabinet from a scientific point of view in the field of life sciences until June 2006.

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  1. Konrad Beyreuther's membership entry at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina , accessed on June 29, 2016.
  2. Awardees (1990–2019) International Prize for Translational Neuroscience, https://gertrud-reemtsma-stiftung.sf.mpg.de/prize/
  3. DZNE: Konrad Beyreuther is the recipient of the first Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize , press release, September 2, 2011.