It was just last week that I was reading a comment about the need for continued funding for basic research in dementia. That need for more foundational knowledge about the how and why behind Alzheimer's and related conditions was underscored for me when the American Academy of Neurology announced its Potamkin Prize winners this year. Mayo's Dennis Dickson, M.D., was tapped for the honor, which he shares with Eva Maria Mandelkow and Eckhard Mandelkow of the Max Planck Unit for Structural Molecular Biology. Not only is it good company to be in, but it's clear that AAN is well aware of the best investigatory efforts on a global scale. Dr. Dickson is the Robert E. Jacoby Professor for Alzheimer's Disease Research at Mayo. Based at our Jacksonville, Florida campus, he has built one of the top brain banks in the country. He was chosen for the honor because of his research, particularly on the tau protein and its role in neurodegenerative diseases. Read more.