Potamkin Prize

Potamkin Prize

The Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Diseases was established in 1988 and is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology. The prize is funded through the philanthropy of the Potamkin Foundation. The prize (sometimes called "Nobel Prize of dementia research") is awarded for achievements on emerging areas of research in Pick's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

The award includes a medallion, $100,000 prize, and a 20-minute lecture at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting.


The prize is named after Luba Potamkin who, in 1978, was diagnosed with a form of dementia which was identified as Pick’s disease, a form of frontotemporal dementia.


  • 1988: Robert D. Terry, MD
  • 1989: Dennis Selkoe, MD, George G. Glenner, MD
  • 1990: Colin Masters, MD, Konrad Beyreuther, PhD
  • 1991: Stanley B. Prusiner, MD
  • 1992: Donald L. Price, MD, Robert Katzman, MD
  • 1993: Blas Frangione, MD, PhD, Alison Goate, PhD, John Hardy, PhD, Christine Van Broeckhoven, PhD
  • 1994: Allen D. Roses, MD, Gerard D. Schellenberg, PhD
  • 1995: Steven G. Younkin, MD, PhD, Khalid Iqbal, PhD, Yasuo Ihara, MD
  • 1996: Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, Peter St. George-Hyslop, MD
  • 1997: Sangram S. Sisodia, PhD, Elio Lugaresi, MD, Pierluigi Gambetti, MD
  • 1998: Michel Goedert, PhD, Virginia Man-Yee Lee, PhD, [[John Q. Trojanowski]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Q._Trojanowski], MD, PhD
  • 1999: Arne Brun, MD, PhD, Kirk Wilhelmsen, MD, PhD, Bernardino Ghetti, MD
  • 2000: Maria Grazia Spillantini, PhD, Michael Hutton, PhD
  • 2001: Dale Schenk, PhD
  • 2002: Christian Haass, PhD, Bart De Strooper, MD, PhD
  • 2003: David M. Holtzman, MD, Ashley I. Bush, MD, PhD
  • 2004: Leon L. Thal, MD, Roger M. Nitsch, MD
  • 2005: John Morris, MD, and Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD
  • 2006: Karen Ashe, MD, PhD; Karen Duff, MD, PhD; and Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD
  • 2007: Richard Mayeux, MD, MSc
  • 2008: Clifford R. Jack Jr., MD; William Klunk, MD, PhD; and Chester Mathis, PhD.

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