Researcher Bio Since the early start of her research, Christine Van Broeckhoven has been involved in the human molecular genetics of complex diseases of central and peripheral nervous system. Today, she is best known for her pioneering research in neurodegenerative dementia's in which she made several major contribution e.g. pinpointing the amyloid precursor protein (APP) as a key protein in the Alzheimer disease process, and most recently the identification of a major role for the growth factor, progranulin, in frontotemporal neurodegeneration. She has been awarded several scientific prizes for her molecular genetics work like the Potamkin Prize in 1993 for her contribution to the identification of APP as a gene for Alzheimer’s disease. In 1995, she was awarded the 5-yearly Joseph Maisin Prize by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research for her scientific oeuvre in Molecular Genetics. In 2006 she was awarded the International Award for Women in Science by L’Oréal/UNESCO. She is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and the Arts of Belgium. In 2006, she was honored by the King of Belgium with the title of Grand Officer in the Order of Léopold, and in 2009 with the title of Chevalier dans la Légion d’Honneur by the President of France.