Pembroke Horizons

PAST EVENT | 10 May 2022 16:30-18:00

10th May, Professor Kevin Talbot - Why is the human brain vulnerable to degeneration in aging, and what can we do about it?

Neurodegeneration is a term used by neurologists to describe a range of conditions (eg; Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease) in which there is a system failure (eg; memory, movement) which takes place on the background of apparently normal development, and good function for many years. People who get amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (motor neuron disease) are usually very fit and have few health problems. Despite this they develop a rapidly progressive illness which is fatal typically within a couple of years. The genetic factors which drive diseases like ALS are present from conception, so why do they only cause disease after decades? I will describe our current thinking on the causes of ALS and how we are building new laboratory models to identify the key pathways which go wrong and which serve as targets for therapy.

Pembroke Horizons

PAST EVENT | 10 May 2022 16:30-18:00

10th May, Professor Kevin Talbot - Why is the human brain vulnerable to degeneration in aging, and what can we do about it?

Neurodegeneration is a term used by neurologists to describe a range of conditions (eg; Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease) in which there is a system failure (eg; memory, movement) which takes place on the background of apparently normal development, and good function for many years. People who get amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (motor neuron disease) are usually very fit and have few health problems. Despite this they develop a rapidly progressive illness which is fatal typically within a couple of years. The genetic factors which drive diseases like ALS are present from conception, so why do they only cause disease after decades? I will describe our current thinking on the causes of ALS and how we are building new laboratory models to identify the key pathways which go wrong and which serve as targets for therapy.