Since the early start of her research in 1983, Christine Van Broeckhoven has been involved in the human molecular genetics research of complex diseases of the central and the peripheral nervous systems. Today, she is best known for her pioneering research in neurodegenerative dementias in which she made several seminal contributions. In brief, Christine Van Broeckhoven’s publication record is stellar and continues to rise.
Her work is a worldwide cornerstone in the analysis of the genetic basis of neurodegeneration. She received numerous prestigious awards in the past, including the Potamkin Prize by the American Academy of Neurology (1993), the Prize Joseph Maisin and Scientific Prize Upjohn by the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research (1995), the Lundbeck-Prize by the Belgian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (1997) and the International L’Oréal/UNESCO Women in Science Award 2006. In 2011 she was the winner of the European Inventor Award in the category Research.
In 1999, she was elected Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts. Christine is and has been member of several societies and advisory boards and has served the scientific world as editor of many important journals in the field. For her societal engagement regarding elderly people and dementia patients specifically, she was honored by King Albert II with the title of Royal Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold, Belgium 2006, and by President Sarkozy with the French Order of Chevalier dans La Légion d’Honneur, France, 2009. The community awarded her with a Portrait Stamp within the honorary series “This is Belgium” 2004, and the 55th Ark Prize of the Free Word, 2005.