Professor wins Humboldt Research Award

Professor Christopher Linington, Chair in Neuroimmunology, has been presented with the Humboldt Research Award by the foundation of the same name.

The award, presented by the Humboldt Foundation, recognises a lifetime of achievements in research with the winner invited to carry out research projects of their own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Professor Linington, of the Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, was nominated for the prize by Professor Wolfgang Brueck at the University of Goettingen, Germany.

The award comes with €60,000 of funding and will support research between Professors Linington and Brueck.

Professor Linington’s research focuses on multiple sclerosis and he will work with his German counterparts to obtain new molecular insights into the mechanisms involved in the disease to generate new therapeutics.

Professor Linington said: “I delighted to receive this award.  The last 20 years has seen the introduction of more effective treatments for MS which reduce disease activity in the initial phases of disease, but they are not fully affective and don’t stop accumulation of the disease so new drugs are essential.

First published: 2 February 2015