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Breakthrough discovery could have impact on neurodegenerative diseases—9 November 2017

Breakthrough discovery could have impact on neurodegenerative diseases—9 November 2017

Amyloid fibrils can clump together to cause neurodegenerative diseases.

Neurodegenerative diseases could be stopped in their tracks due to new research from Swinburne University of Technology, University of Luxembourg, Shanghai University and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich.

New research published in Nature Communications shows that toxic clumps of proteins known as amyloid fibrils, similar to those found in the brain of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can change form more than previously expected. This gives scientists a better understanding of these materials and how they affect problems in the brain.

Dr Nicholas Reynolds from the ARC Training Centre in Biodevices, which is based at Swinburne University of Technology, says this is a meaningful discovery for medical researchers.

“This increase in knowledge may have benefits for medical researchers in developing new therapies and diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Mad Cow Disease or Motor Neurone disease,” he says.

Media issued by the Swinburne University of Technology.

 

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