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.
honors and awards
- 1987: Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen
- 1988: Robert Pfleger Research Award
- 1989: Feldberg Prize for Anglo-German Scientific Exchange
- 1990: American Academy of Neurology's Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer's Disease Research
- 1991: Elected member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
- 1991: Metropolitan Life Foundation Award 1990 for Medical Research
- 1991: Prix de Foundation IPSEN pour la Recherche Therapeutique la Maladie d'Alzheimer et les Demences Senile
- 1991: Max Planck Research Award
- 1992: Elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
- 1995: International Prize for Translational Neuroscience of the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation
- 1996: Honorary doctorate from the University of Kuopio , Finland
- 1997: King Faisal International Prize for Medicine
- 1997: Winderemere Traveling Professor 1997, Melbourne, Australia
- 2002: Henry M. Wisniewski Award for Lifetime Achievement in Alzheimer's Disease Research
- 2004: Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- since 2006: Founding director of the Network Aging Research (NAR) at Heidelberg University
- Elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
- Corresponding member of the Society of Doctors in Vienna
- 2011: First prize winner of the Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize , donated by the entrepreneur Hartwig Piepenbrock and selected by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases , for his research on the amyloid precursor protein
- 2014: Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg
- Literature by and about Konrad Beyreuther in the catalog of the German National Library
- Konrad Beyreuther's Laboratory
- Konrad Beyreuther's membership entry at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina , accessed on June 29, 2016.
- Awardees (1990–2019) International Prize for Translational Neuroscience, https://gertrud-reemtsma-stiftung.sf.mpg.de/prize/
- DZNE: Konrad Beyreuther is the recipient of the first Hartwig Piepenbrock-DZNE Prize , press release, September 2, 2011.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German molecular biologist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 14, 1941|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Leutersdorf (Upper Lusatia)|