Hertie Foundation Commitment Award goes to Hoffnungsbaum e.V.

from | October 26, 2015

The non-profit Hertie Foundation has once again awarded the prize for commitment and self-help. The prize honors exemplary activities by self-help groups and particularly committed people in the field of multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases. 10,000 euros will now go to Hoffnungsbaum e.V. 

The award recognizes Hoffnungsbaum for its activities in the field of NBIA: in addition to providing advice and information to those affected, the association is committed to the development of clinical specialist centers for NBIA. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Thomas Klopstock, the Friedrich Baur Institute at Munich University Hospital has developed into the clinical center for NBIA diseases in Germany. In Dresden, for example, the neurological university clinic, co-initiated by Hoffnungsbaum e.V.a special consultation hour for those affected, which is supervised by PD Dr. Dr. Andreas Hermann. Over the past four years, the association has worked as a partner in the EU-funded research project TIRCON (Treat Iron-Related Childhood-Onset Neurodegeneration) with NBIA experts and NBIA patient organizations around the world. Through its networking activities, among other things, it is driving forward urgently needed research. The jury recognizes the great commitment of the very small patient organization with 76 members, which is the point of contact for more than 70 families affected by NBIA in Germany. 

The full press release is available here available for download.

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