In Ulm, research on neurodegenerative diseases plays a crucial role. The aim is to decipher the molecular, cellular, and genetic factors underlying neurodegeneration. This involves studying the aggregation and misfolding of proteins, the role of inflammation in the disease progression, the impact of genetic variations, and the dysregulation of neural networks.
Study of brain hazards
An important aspect of neurodegeneration research is the study of brain hazards. Neuroscientists investigate the role of injuries, environmental factors, toxic substances, genetic predispositions, as well as intracellular danger signals and risk factors that may contribute to the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Understanding these connections can help identify potential therapeutic targets and develop innovative treatments and prevention strategies to halt neurogeneration or reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
This research is conducted jointly by research groups at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the University Hospital in the Department of Neurology, and research groups at the University of Ulm.