New project aims to achieve early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease  

2007.01.15
A major research project aimed at enabling early identification of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases, is set to start at Aalborg University
A major research project aimed at enabling early identification of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases, is set to start at Aalborg University. Professor Daniel Otzen is leading the project which is backed by a public sector innovation consortium, Cure Neurodegeneration Denmark.
 
Professor Otzen underscores that the project was made possible thanks to a public grant awarding authority, which enables people to work in the interface zone between companies and research institutions. The consortium has access to almost DKK 46 m (UDS 8 m), three quarters of which comes from the US pharmaceutical company Wyeth.
 
Today, a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can only be confirmed after the patient has died. The aim of the new project is to make a positive diagnosis at a much earlier stage by identifying the presence of specific proteins in the brain. Professor Otzen does not expect to see treatment possibilities emerging from the project phase, but anticipates a strong advance in knowledge that can pave the way to new initiatives. The news was reported by Nordjyske.dk

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