The natural history of neurodegenerative disease II

This lecture will highlight our current understanding and recent developments in the field of neurodegenerative disease research, as well as the future of diagnostics and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Speaker: Nir Giladi.

By HBP Education Programme
Published Mar, 2018

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Description

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, Huntington's disease and motor neuron disease have similar pathophysiologies of protein misfolding, accumulation of protein aggregates and a slow, progressive course of neuronal cell death. In addition, these and other disorders have a long prodromal stage, when the pathological process is slowly progressing but clinically unrecognized. Better characterization of new and highly sensitive biological markers now enables the detection of subjects at risk or in the earliest prodromal stages of the disease. Early detection of neurodegeneration will enable future medicine to apply new concepts of intervention, moving from the current symptomatic and palliative approaches to disease-modifying therapy and even disease prevention. 

Topics covered:

  1. Spread of neurodegenerative diseases in the body and early detection, with examples from Parkinson's Disease and Huntington Disease
  2. Differentiating individuals at risk of disease with marker-based imaging
  3. Targeting persons with early symptoms and populations at risk

Prerequisites

The first half of this lecture.