New research may yield treatment to halt Parkinson’s

Scientists from the University of Haifa reported in the journal NJP Parkinson’s Disease a groundbreaking discovery that could lead to treatments stopping the spread of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s patients suffer from massive loss of nerve cells in a brain region that’s normally packed with dopaminergic neurons. Dopamine allows brain cells to transfer messages and orchestrate motor actions.

One of the problems in developing drugs for the disease is that only 15 percent of Parkinson’s cases are caused by known genetic factors. The other 85% are defined as “sporadic” and it is not possible to create a model for sporadic Parkinson’s in animals.

The international research team, led by Prof. Shani Stern of the university’s Sagol Department of Neurobiology, used…

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