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New insights in pathological mechanism that causes dysfunctional synapses
20 August 2015
Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.
Polyglutamine repeats play key role in functional development of cells
11 August 2015
Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have revealed that variable polyglutamine repeats in the DNA tune the function of the protein in which they reside. To date, these repeats were known only to cause severe neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s.
Potential target pathway may pave the way for new therapeutic approaches for fragile X syndrome and autism
16 July 2015
The discovery that it might also contribute to FXS, a neurodevelopmental disorder occurring at a young age, is remarkable.
549,490 Euros from Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (Alzheimer’s Research Foundation) for 6 VIB researchers
3 July 2015
In 2014, Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek (SAO) awarded a total of 991,390 Euros in funding (2015 - 2016) to 12 research projects.
New insights could result in changes to the therapeutic strategy to combat Alzheimer’s
26 May 2015
Scientists at VIB, KU Leuven and Janssen Pharmaceutica have demonstrated that the distribution of aggregates through the brain is facilitated by synaptic connections between brain cells.
Stem cell research offers new insights into how dementia develops
5 January 2015
Researchers at KU Leuven and the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) have succeeded in correcting a genetic mutation thought to cause frontotemporal dementia.
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.
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