About HEAT-Net

HEAT-Net (Harvard European Alumni Training Network) is composed of a unique constellation of Harvard-trained European clinicians and researchers with solid track records in the field of neurodegeneration. The HEAT-Net members were trained in the laboratories of four renowned neuroscience laboratories at Harvard Medical School (HMS), headed by Profs Brad Hyman, Rudy Tanzi, Xandra Breakefield and Brian Bacskai. After returning to Europe, the HEAT-Net members felt the need to implement a network that enabled them to maintain the same high-level of academic research, contributing for the training of new generations of scientists, and maintaining strong connections to their mentors at HMS.

Goals of HEAT-Net

An important aim of HEAT-Net is to create a group of young scientists with a broad, yet unique, translational overview of the most common neurodegenerative disorders. This will foster their abilities to form scientific collaborations throughout their professional lives. By focusing around a common topic and by experiencing the strong professional and interpersonal ties between all HEAT-Net partners, the students will be engaged in close collaborative links and will benefit from joint project discussions.


  • Christine von Arnim

  • University of Göttingen

has strong expertise in biomarkers and metabolic imaging.

  • Lars Bertram

  • University of Ulm

is tenured full (W3) professor at UzL where he heads the Lübeck Interdisciplinary Platform for Genome Analytics (LIGA). Bertram’s research focus lies in the mapping, identification and characterization of complex disease genes.

  • Karin Danzer

  • University of  Cádiz

studying the underlying mechanisms in initiation and propagation of neurodegenerative diseases with a special focus on Parkinson’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis.

  • Mónica García-Alloza

  • University of  Cádiz

is an expert in AD mouse models and in vivo and in real time multiphoton microscopy.

  • Annakaisa Haapasalo

  • University of Kuopio

  • Mikko Hiltunen

  • University of Eastern Finland

leads a research group with the focus on the genetic, epigenetic and cellular studies related to risk genes in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

  • Martin Ingelsson

  • University of Uppsala

is at the department of Public Health and Caring Sciences and focuses on the study of molecular mechanisms in AD and PD, with a particular focus on the development of immunotherapies for these disorders.

  • Jochen Klucken

  • University of Erlangen

is a specialist in Movement Disorders, Neuroscience and Telemedicine.

  • Christina Lill

  • University of Lübeck

  • Alberto Lleó

  • Sant Pau

is the director of the Memory Unit and Alzheimer laboratory and is an expert in translational research in neurodegenerative diseases and in biomarkers.

  • Melanie Meyer-Lühmann

  • University of Freiburg

  • Tiago Outeiro

  • University of Göttingen

is an expert in molecular aspects of neurodegenerative disorders such as PD, HD, and AD. He has developed several cell models for the study of protein aggregation and toxicity, and is an expert in microscopy methods.

  • Tara Spires-Jones

  • University of Edinburg

is interim director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems and has an internationally recognized reputation as an expert in synaptic contributors to dementia.

First HEAT-Net meeting in Barcelona 2017

Second HEAT-Net meeting in Lübeck 2018