MOVING SCIENCE FORWARD
MultiPark is a strategic research area funded by the Swedish Government. Building on the strong tradition of cutting-edge research on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases at Lund University, our vision is to create new and innovative strategies for improved and novel treatments, disease modifications and eventually cures for neurodegenerative diseases, in order to improve the quality of life for people living and ageing with these disorders.
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 MultiPark's Professor of Experimental Neurology, Gunnar Gouras, thinks it could be wrong.
Three research positions at the level of associate senior lecturer have been announced within the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Lund University (WCMM LU) in the following areas:
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Deadline for submissions is August 10th, 2017
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.
On April 11, Lund University celebrated the World Parkinon's Day, in collaboration with the Parkinson Skåne patient organization. Nearly 500 people had gathered at the Scandic Star Hotel in Lund to listen to talks, exchange experiences and get a chance to discuss directly with the researchers. The theme of the day was 'Everyday Life with Parkinson's.' The subjects raised were close to the patient experience and ranged from walking difficulties and difficulty swallowing to drops in blood pressure and disturbances in thinking ability.