27 April 2009

Neural networks provide clues for possible early diagnosis

UCSF, Stanford study reveals neural networks targeted in brain diseases
University of California, San Francisco: 15 April 2009
Scientists are reporting the strongest evidence to date that neurodegenerative diseases target and progress along distinct neural networks that normally support healthy brain function. The discovery could lead to earlier diagnoses, novel treatment-monitoring strategies, and, possibly, recognition of a common disease process among all forms of neurodegeneration.

The study, reported in the April 16 issue of the journal "Neuron," was conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and the Stanford University School of Medicine, who characterized their finding as "an important new framework for understanding neurodegenerative disease." … > full press release

Of interest: Network Connections: Missing Links in Neurodegeneration? Alzforum: 17 April 2009

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