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Exploiting the Prion-like Properties of Misfolded Proteins to Diagnose Neurodegenerative Diseases

Developing Uses as Etiological Biomarkers

Event Details

Friday, April 6, 2018
2 p.m.
Some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, appear to be caused by different corrupted proteins similar to infectious prions. A key question is the extent these common diseases might be transmitted from person-to-person. We and others are exploiting the prion-like self-propagating properties of the corrupted proteins to develop ultra-sensitive tests to improve prospects for early, accurate diagnosis and the development of therapies.