Understanding the PD disease process


You may be interested in an article titled "Triple Focus" on page 6 of the latest East Midlands RSN News which you can find at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/sites/default/files/emrsn_newsletterjuly2014.pdf . This article summarises the latest ideas on how the Parkinson's disease process progresses and makes reference to recent research findings.

In short the "Triple Focus" refers to:

  • the way that the 'aberrant' form of the protein responsible for PD can make the normal form of this protein 'turn bad',
  • the way that this can be transmitted from nerve cell to nerve cell, and
  • the realisation that many neurological diseases have this same pathological process in common.

All this suggests new targets for trying to stop Parkinson's.  It also means that we should pool research resources amongst the neurological diseases such as PD, MSA, PSP and Alzheimer's because we have a common enemy!

Keep an eye on EM RSN News at: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/east-midlands-research-support-network


very interesting,