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Neurodegeneration: chasing causes and therapies

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors open at 6:00pm
Event 6:30pm-9:00pm
George Inn, 75-77 Borough High Street, Southwark,
London SE1 1NH
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The Ice Bucket Challenge was a viral sensation, raising awareness for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and a whopping $220 million for research! Join us for an inspiring evening where we'll give examples of how researchers are using those funds to unlock the secrets behind what causes MND and dementia. You will hear about exciting new treatments on the horizon, showing promising results in patients! Image by Dr. Peter Harley.

Why do nerve cells stop communicating in motor neuron disease?

Dr Peter Harley (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Neuromuscular Diseases (UCL))
Motor neuron disease is a severe condition that leads to paralysis and shorter life expectancy. It affects the nerve cells responsible for controlling body movements, disrupting their ability to communicate effectively. But what triggers this breakdown in communication? And can we develop treatments to restore normal communication? To tackle these questions, we are growing human neurons made from stem cells in the lab. By studying how these neurons communicate, we aim to uncover potential therapies that could prevent loss of movement and function in patients.

How immune cells can defend or damage our brain in Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Sarah Marzi (UK Dementia Research Institute Group Leader at Kings College London)
Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent form of dementia. Research has shown that the brain’s immune cells play a crucial role in the disease: They can help clean up the brain and keep it healthy, but sometimes they go into overdrive and can damage other cells in the brain. What makes them beneficial or harmful and how exactly are they involved in Alzheimer’s disease? We study microglia and their behaviour in the human and mouse brains to answer these questions, and eventually develop treatments to drive microglia towards disease-protective states.
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