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Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases II
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2022 (Open) Submit Now
Janusz Wieslaw Blaszczyk, PhD, DSc, Professor
Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, Poland
Research Interests：Neuroscience； Neurophysiology； Brain aging； Neurodegeneration
About This Topic
Neurodegenerative diseases consist of a group of pathologies related to the progressive dysfunction of neuronal networks in the human brain. Neurodegeneration can be found in the brain at many different levels of neuronal circuitry, ranging from molecular to systemic. Neurodegenerative diseases are incurable and debilitating conditions being the result of massive degeneration and death of brain cells. Depending on the most affected area patients exhibit mental and motor dysfunctions. The incidence of main neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease, increases with age. To understand and counteract such pathologies, we need to understand their immediate causes at the cellular level. It seems that many neurodegenerative diseases are caused by genetic mutations. More recently, however, appeared the concept of a vicious cycle in neuronal energy metabolism that may readily explain the involution of the neuronal networks. The decreasing activity of the strategic brain structures, in turn, results in their metabolic deprivation that disturbed cellular homeostasis and finally initiate preprogrammed death of neuronal cells. With the increasing understanding of the pathophysiological basis of these disorders, appears now a realistic prospect for developing therapies that may slow, or control the process of neurodegeneration. Importantly therapeutic advances against one neurodegenerative disease might ameliorate other diseases as well.
Neurodegenerative disorders; Brain homeostasis; Aging brain; Genetic background; Energy metabolism; Brain involution
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