International Awards
Mano Amiga

An unmissable event for all those people connected with Alzheimer’s Disease took place on the 6th November 2014 in the City of León Auditorium, where, for the fourth consecutive year, the Alzheimer León Association presented its Mano Amiga awards to individuals and institutions who have shown themselves to be outstanding in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we have said on previous occasions, these awards are international in character, and recognize the efforts made by professionals, helpers, family members and institutions, be they public or private, in aid of sufferers of neurodegenerative diseases.

The winners in the individual category Which distinguishes the work of professionals of the sector the prize went to the researcher Jesús Ávila de Grado, for his great contribution to the knowledge of the disease and specifically for research on the role of microtubule proteins in neurodegenerative processes.

Such research will help "identify early markers of disease" to act in the early stages of Alzheimer's, characterized by asymptomatic. Jesus Avila is scientific director of the Foundation CIEN and CIBERNED plus CSIC research professor at the Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, an institution that has also directed.

Furthermore, in the category institutional, the award 'Mano Amiga' was awarded to the French Government, as the first Executive facing the triple-doctor, social and scientific-facing Alzheimer's disease through a National Plan challenge. This National Plan Alzheimer in France was launched in 2001 and has achieved significant successes in making an early diagnosis of the disease, providing a better quality of life for patients and caregivers, to ensure more effective support and encourage progress in Alzheimer's research.

Finally, the 'Anonymous unnamed' caregory He wanted to recognize the work of Manuel Diez a keeper Leon 89, who for 30 years held his wife, Basilia, who diagnosed the disease almost three decades and who died last 2013. Manuel has demonstrated a dedication and a love unconditionally to his wife, but has also contributed to the dissemination and awareness of the disease, since it has been collecting audiovisual documents of great interest to know how the evolution of Alzheimer's. Therefore the awards jury 'Mano Amiga' wanted to receive the recognition of the whole society.

Fundación Montemadrid.Artículo original

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