A Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School neurologist was honored for his research into the causes of dementia Sunday at an Alzheimer's Association conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Bradley T. Hyman, director of the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mass. General and a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical, received the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award, the Alzheimer's Association said in a statement .
"It's an extremely nice recognition, especially because the award is named after one of the giants of neuropathology, " Hyman said in a phone interview from Vancouver Sunday.
Hyman has studied changes in patients' brains and nervous systems, as well as genetic changes that underlie dementia, the statement said. His research helps describe brain lesions in Alzheimer's patients, the statement said.
Hyman recently worked on imaging amyloid protein fragments that are broken down in healthy brains but accumulte and form amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's patients; and tau tangles, created when proteins that keep the brain's cell transport system in working order die and collapse the system.