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Has a possible new lead been found in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases?
24 November 2014
Researchers from VIB and KU Leuven have succeeded in completely suppressing neurodegeneration in fruit flies, by partially inhibiting the breakdown of 'defective' proteins in brain cells.
Top Talk Peter Carmeliet 'Breaking Boundaries'
18 November 2014
On Tuesday November 18, Peter Carmeliet (VIB Vesalius Research Center, KU Leuven) took his audience on an exploration of the world of blood vessels.
New insights that link Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
17 November 2014
Crucial role for FMRP (Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein) in embryonic development of the brain cortex
Failed Alzheimer’s test shows in which direction the research should continue
6 November 2014
Disappointing results in clinical Alzheimer’s studies discourage scientists from continuing their research. Alzheimer’s expert Bart De Strooper argues that these studies are not pointless, but merely indicate what the next steps should be.
Scientists reveal why beer tastes good to us and to flies!
9 October 2014
Beer yeasts produce chemicals that mimic the aroma of fruits in order to attract flies that can transport the yeast cells to new niches, report scientists from VIB, KU Leuven and NERF in the reputed journal Cell Reports.
New genes identified with key role in the development of severe childhood epilepsies
25 September 2014
An international team of researchers, including scientists from VIB and Antwerp University identified novel causes for severe childhood epilepsies.
Zebrafish help to unravel Alzheimer’s disease
19 August 2014
A new by VIB/KU Leuven scientists gives new knowledge about the regulation of stem cells in the nerve tissue of zebrafish embryos results in surprising insights into neurodegenerative disease processes in the human brain.
Over-activity of enzyme HDAC6 exacerbates symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
26 June 2014
Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have demonstrated in fruit-flies that over-activity of the enzyme HDAC6 in the nerve ends exacerbates the symptoms of the neurodegenerative condition ALS.
Lack of energy at the basis of Parkinson’s Disease - the molecular mechanism unraveled
25 June 2014
Vanessa Morais and Bart De Strooper (VIB/KU Leuven) demonstrated how a defect in the PINK1 gene causes Parkinson’s disease.
Mechanism explains complex brain wiring
11 June 2014
Researcher Dietmar Schmucker from VIB-KU Leuven unravels a part of the mystery on 'How neurons are created and integrate with each other is one of biology’s greatest riddles.'
NERF Neurotechnology Symposium
23 April 2014
Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders invites you to its annual Neurotechnology Symposium, that will take place on May 5 and 6 in Leuven, Belgium.
New discoveries place lack of energy at the basis of Parkinson’s Disease
20 March 2014
Neuroscientists Vanessa Moraïs and Bart De Strooper from VIB and KU Leuven have demonstrated how a defect in the gene Pink1 results in Parkinson’s disease.
Our brain has switch board to guide behavior in response to external stimuli
14 February 2014
NERF-scientists demonstrate that the habenula, a specific part in our brain consisting of neural circuits, acts as a gate for sensory information, thus regulating behavior in response to external stimuli.
New technology for the detection of genetic abnormalities which lead to serious epilepsy
22 January 2014
An international consortium including researchers from VIB, the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven demonstrates that defects in the CHD2 gene lead to Dravet Syndrome, a serious form of epilepsy.
Finding the genetic causes of spinal muscular atrophy
23 September 2013
Kristien Peeters and Albena Jordanova (VIB-UA), have identified BICD2 mutations as a cause of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Their findings have important implications for future diagnostic tests.
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