Author Archives: Margarida Azevedo, MSc

Parkinson’s Research to Gain in Van Andel Institute’s Expansion

The Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) has announced the expansion of its neurodegenerative disease research program, with Dr. Gerhard Coetzee and Dr. Viviane Labrie joining its Center for Neurodegenerative Science. The center’s focus is the development of new therapies for brain repair, the discovery of biomarkers, and the study of the molecular,…

Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Traced to Excess Blood Vessel Formation

Lund University researchers have shown that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers of angiogenesis are raised in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and are related to walking and balance difficulties, blood-brain barrier (BBB) increased permeability, and white matter lesions (WMLs). The research study, entitled “Increased CSF biomarkers of angiogenesis in Parkinson Disease”…

Caffeine May Prevent Parkinson’s Disease in Certain At-risk Individuals

A new case control study evaluated the association between caffeine consumption and risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) in patients with high and low genetic susceptibility. The paper, entitled “Differential effect of caffeine intake in subjects with genetic susceptibility to Parkinson’s Disease,” was published in Scientific Reports. Parkinson’s disease,…

Parkinson’s Researchers Uncover Key Molecular Connections

University of Dundeen scientists have uncovered the molecular mechanisms and targets under the effect of a specific gene mutation involved in Parkinson’s disease development and which could prove to be strong targets for new therapies and even early disease detection. The paper entitled “Phosphoproteomic screening identifies Rab GTPases as novel downstream targets…

Anti-Cancer Drug Shows Clinical Benefits in Parkinson’s Patients

Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center reported nilotinib (Tasigna® by Novartis), a treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), successfully treated Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia patients in a Phase I trial. The complete results were presented during the annual meeting of the society of Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2015, held in Chicago…

Lack of IFNβ Function Linked to Parkinson’s Disease Onset

Researchers at the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen, have linked lack of signaling by the immune system-regulating cytokine Interferon-beta (IFNβ) to the on-set of non-inheritable Parkinson’s disease (PD). The research paper, entitled “Lack of Neuronal IFN-β-IFNAR Causes Lewy Body- and Parkinson’s Disease-like Dementia”, was published…

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