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UTD Biologist Chairs Treatment Strategies Against Neurodegenerative Conditions Conference

Santosh D'Mello is the organizer and chair of a conference focusing on on new strategies against neurodegeneration

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and conditions such as stroke disrupt the quality of life for patients, extracts an enormous emotional and physical strain on caregivers, and cost society billions of dollars annually. Increasing numbers of elderly people in the population has resulted in a sharp increase in the prevalence of these neurological conditions. Underlying a majority of these disorders is the abnormal degeneration of neurons.

While symptomatic treatments are available for many neurodegenerative disorders, drugs or other strategies reduce or prevent the neuronal loss in patients have yet to be identified. Intense research over the past few years has generated a rich and complex body of information about the mechanisms and pathophysiology of neurodegenerative conditions. This knowledge has provided the opportunity to find novel targets for drug development and resulting in the initiation of several promising clinical trials.

The conference is under the auspices of GTCbio and will take place in Boston on October 10 and 11. Prominent scientists from academia, industry, and government will be speaking, and their presentations will cover a range of topics within the area of neurodegeneration and therapy. Focus will be on the latest and most exciting research findings in the identification of novel molecular targets and the development of potential therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative conditions.

You can visit the conference's online agenda for more information.

  • Updated: February 6, 2006