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Research efforts on neurodegenerative diseases: Grant from The Danish Council for Strategic Research

August 23, 2013
Two Danish scientists have all in all been granted DKK 3.5 million to participate in the European research programme on neurodegenerative diseases, among others Alzheimer’s- and Parkinson’s diseases.

Countries coordinate action on research

The Danish Council for Strategic Research is part of 'EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Diseases Research' (JPND). Some research challenges are so big that one country cannot solve them on its own. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are considered to fall into that category, mainly due to the enormous societal burden associated with these diseases. Consequently, countries cordinate action on research funding and results in an effort to improve the likelihood of success. Denmark is increasingly taking advantage of international funding opportunities in this area and Danish researchers are playing leading roles in a number of European-wide research projects within dementia. Currently 27 countries participate in JPND.

In the latest call a total number of five projects will be supported. Danish scientists participate in two of the five projects:

Professor Leif Østergaard

Professor Leif Østergaard from Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) and MINDLab, Aarhus University Hospital, is partner in the €1.7 million “APGeM” consortium, a project seeking to identify how common genetic variants in interaction may be involved in causing Alzheimer's disease and Lewy-body dementia. The results will be used to predict disease development and to develop prevention strategies.

Associate Professor Albin Sandelin

In the second project Associate Professor Albin Sandelin from the Biotech and Research Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, is partner in the €3.3 million “RiMod-FTD” consortium, a project seeking to identify major genetic risk factors causing Fronto Temporal Dementia and to find both common environmental and genetic modifiers important in the pathogenesis of Fronto Temporal Dementia. The results will be utilised to refine theoretical disease models and improve the quality of approaches towards targeted intervention.

The two grants will be published on fivu.dk in the middle of September.