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Ongoing funding of the NCL Foundation

The dedication and the work of many scientists played a decisive role in their investigations into NCL. Thereforewe would love to introduce you to some of our sponsored PhD students and postdocs.



Katharina Dannhausen

Group Leader: Prof. Thomas Langmann (Uniklinikum Köln - AG Experimentelle Immunologie des Auges)

Funding period: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016

Funding partners: Ein Herz für Kinder e.V., Hans- und Marlies Stock-Stiftung, Kämpgen-Stiftung, Marga und Walter Boll-Stiftung

Project: „Retinal degeneration and microglial activation in JNCL"



Abuzar Kaleem

Group Leader: PD Dr. Guido Hermey (Uniklinikum Hamburg/ ZMNH - Institute for Molecular and Cellular Cognition)

Funding period: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017

Funding partners: Dorit und Alexander Otto Stiftung

Project: „Interactions of the CLN3 protein and their functional implications"



Anton Petcherski Anton Petcherski


Group Leader: Dr. Mika Ruonala (University of Frankfurt - Center for Membrane Proteomics)

Funding period01/04/2011 - 31/12/2011 (Promotion is still running) 

Funding partners: R+W Foundation

Project: „Combining high-content and high-throughput imaging methods: innovative screening approach to search for JNCL disease modulators"  


Click here to view the interview (german).


Alberto Di Ronza


Group Leader: Dr. Marco Sardiello (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston)

Funding period: 01/07/2014 - 31/12/2016

Funding partners: Astra Zeneca, BBDF, Charity-Dinner Gäste, Kunstauktion

Project: Molecular Pathogenesis of Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis"
Award: The project was awarded with the 5th NCL Research Award.




Cristina Golfieri


Group Leader: Dr. Mike Karl (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE), Dresden)

Funding period: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2015

Funding partners: Ein Herz für Kinder e.V.

Project:Human retina JNCL modelling"


Greg AndersonGreg Anderson 


Group LeaderProf. Jonathan Cooper und Brenda Williams (King's College, London)

Funding period01/09/2012 – 31/08/2014 

Funding partners: Charity Dinner Guests, IMS Health 

Project„Cell based systems as tools to understand pathogenesis and drug discovery in JNCL"

Award: The project was awarded the 4th NCL Research Award.

Click here to view the interview.





This German - English translation was done by the translators Tizzy Mann, Andrea Murphy, Kate Humby and Marcia Neff for the PerMondo initiative that involves providing free translations for NGOs. PerMondo is sponsored and run by the translation agency Mondo Agit.