Christian Haass graduated in molecular biology at the University of Heidelberg. He was a postdoc and assistant professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School in the Center for Neurological Diseases (1990-1995). In 1995 he was appointed as an associate professor of molecular biology at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim. Since 1999 he is the head of the division of Biochemistry of the Biomedical Research Center (BMC) of the Ludwig-Maximilians University and speaker of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Munich. Christian Haass coordinates the Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy) within the German Excellence Initiative funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). He is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Leopoldina, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a member of the board of the Nomis Foundation and the Hans and Ilse Breuer Foundation.
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Christian Haass’ research is concerned with the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration with a strong focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. Using interdisciplinary approaches he investigates the pathomechanisms, which lead to the deposition of insoluble disease characterizing neurotoxic protein aggregates such as amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Very recently he developed a strong interest in neuroinflammation and in translation of his findings from fundamental research to patients with dementia.