In neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson, very different processes are involved. This includes for example inflammatory mechanisms, protein metabolisms or regulations of nerve cells. These and other topics are therefore part of the program of the Eibsee meeting „CELLULAR MECHANISMS OF NEURODEGENERATION“, which take place on the Eibsee lake south of Munic every year. Around 100 scientists from all over the world present their latest results for the study of these diseases. In addition to the invited speakers, there are also young junior scientists who present their research results in so-called poster sessions.
The Eibsee meeting is sponsored by the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation and was initiated in 2000 by the Munich scientist Professor Haass, member of the board of trustees and the researcher Professor Volker Herzog, Universität Bonn and Professor Gerd Multhaup, Freie Universität Berlin. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) supported the conference for six years with the priority program SPP 1085 “Cellular Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease”. During this time, the Eibsee meeting has established itself as one of the most important German Alzheimer conferences.
From 2005 on, the Eibsee meeting became also the annual conference of the SFB 596 “Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration”. The SFB was established in 2000 as a consortium with groups from the universities of Munich (LMU and TU), the Helmholtz center and the Max Planck Institutes. After three funding periods the SFB had achieved a fantastic basis, which allowed the LMU/TU and their medical faculties to establish an excellence cluster (SyNergy, the “Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology”) which led to the founding of two new institutes, the Institute for stroke and Dementia research (ISD) and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Both SyNergy and the DZNE are now co-organizers of the Eibsee meeting.
Since its founding in 2000, the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation has been supporting basic scientific research into the Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias besides her involvement in assistance of affected people. She also supports scientific networks in the field of Alzheimer’s research. From 2006 to 2014, the foundation annually awarded the Alzheimer’s Research Prize, worth 100.000 Euro, which has been offered at least every two years since 2016. The ceremony is traditionally part of the Eibsee meeting.