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Department of Neurodegenerative Science

The Department of Neurodegenerative Science focuses on elucidating disease mechanisms and identifying novel disease-modifying therapeutic approaches for major neurodegenerative diseases, with a special focus on Parkinson’s disease. Additional areas of interest include dementias (Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies) and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety). Department faculty have research interests and expertise in the molecular underpinnings of neurodegenerative disease through an understanding of genetic risk, epigenetics, cell biology, biomarkers, neuropathology, neuroinflammation, neural circuits and patient-derived biospecimens. Their mission is to leverage new knowledge for the development of treatments for Parkinson’s and related disorders. 

Faculty

Recent Publications

Brundin P, Nath A, Beckham JD. 2020. Is COVID-19 a perfect storm for Parkinson’s disease?  Trends Neurosci.

Pierce SE, Booms A, Prahl J, van der Schans EJC, Tyson T, Coetzee GA. 2020. Post-GWAS knowledge gap: the how, where and when. npj Parkinsons 6:23.

Marshall LL, Killinger BA, Ensink E, Li P, Li KX, Cui W, Lubben N, Weiland M, Wang X, Gordevicius J, Coetzee GA, Ma J, Jovinge S, Labrie V. 2020. Epigenomic analysis of Parkinson’s disease neurons identifies Tet2 loss as neuroprotective. Nat Neuro.

Nguyen APT, Tsika E, Kelly K, Levine N, Chen X, West AB, Boularand S, Barneoud P, Moore DJ. 2020. Dopaminergic neurodegeneration induced by Parkinson’s disease-linked G2019S LRRK2 is dependent on kinase and GTPase activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.

Li P, Ensink E, Lang S, Marshall L, Schilthuis M, Lamp J, Vega I, Labrie V. 2020. Hemispheric asymmetry in the human brain and in Parkinson’s disease is linked to divergent epigenetic patterns in neurons. Genome Biol 21:61.

Sundal C, Carmona S, Yhr M, Almström O, Ljungberg M, Hardy J, Hedberg-Oldfors C, Fred Å, Brás J, Oldfors A, Andersen O, Guerreiro R. 2019.An AARS variant as the likely cause of Swedish type hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids. Acta Neuropathol Commun.

Nalls MA…Brás J…Singleton AB, System Genomics of Parkinson’s Disease Consortium and International Parkinson’s Disease Genomics Consortium 2019. Identification of novel risk loci, causal insights, and heritable risk for Parkinson’s disease: a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies. Lancet Neuro.

Achtyes E, Keaton SA, Smart L, Burmeister AR, Heilman PL, Krzyzanowski S, Nagalla M, Guillemin GJ, Escobar Galvis ML, Lim CK, Muzik M, Postolache TT, Leach R, Brundin L. 2019. Inflammation and kynurenine pathway dysregulation in post-partum women with severe and suicidal depression. Brain Behav Immun.