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.
BAGADILICOS's Cultural Studies Group of Neuroscience has produced an anthology discussing perspectives and concepts to understand neuroscience, and critically scrutinize its various manifestations in society. The book is written by scholars from art history, visual studies, and ethnology. Here, the editor, Kristofer Hansson, talks about the basis for writing the book and the experience of collaborating with researchers from other disciplines.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have for the first time convincingly shown where in the brain the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s occur. The discovery could potentially become significant to future Alzheimer’s research while contributing to improved diagnostics.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by so-called plaques – white clumps of the beta-amyloid protein in the brain. The prevailing line of argument has therefore been that patients should be treated to make the plaques disappear. This approach sounds logical, but has not resulted in any new effective medicines – and Professor of Experimental Neurology, Gunnar Gouras, thinks it could be wrong.
Important pieces of the puzzle to understand what drives diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are still missing today. One crucial obstacle for researchers is that it is impossible to examine a living brain cell in someone who is affected by the disease. With the help of a new method for cell conversion, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found a way to produce diseased, aging brain cells on a large scale in a cell culture dish.
Harvard University, September 1990. A guest student from Sweden’s northernmost regions takes place in the auditorium for one of his first lectures. The youngster from Västerbotten stood out from his fellow students hailing from the different corners of the United States. A curiosity for American culture had led him to ask his mentor, professor of anaesthesiology at Umeå University Hospital, to see if it was at all possible to get into the Ivy League University. Very soon Niklas Marklund would regret that he had made the long trip across the Atlantic. If only for a while.