Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are caused by the death of nerve cells in the part of the brain called basal ganglia.
Our goal is to develop and improve treatments for the diseases and to improve quality of life for patients and their families.
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research has presented BAGADILICO Vice Coordinator Johan Jakobsson with a grant of ten million SEK. The program, Future Research Leaders, supports young, particularly promising researchers with leadership potential. It provides selected scientists with the financial base required to establish their own internationally competitive research group, as well as a training course in academic leadership.
In this year's general call for applications a group of BAGADALICO researchers received prestigious grants. Oskar Hansson, Malin Parmar, Johan Jakobsson, Markus Idvall and Tomas Björklund all got funds for their exciting research efforts. Top of the pile was Johan Jakobsson who received a 'Younger Researcher' grant of close to ten million SEK for his groundreaking research on microRNA.
For all the extraordinary advances made in Parkinson’s research over the past fifty years, great challenges remain. Few, if any, will contest this premise. So, what are the next big trends in PD research? What or who will push us towards better therapies and hopefully someday, a cure? If the recent World Parkinson Congress bears any indication as to where we are heading, patient participation might just be the way of the future. Angela Cenci Nilsson elaborates on the WPC experience.