Overlapping microstructural changes in the brain of patients with ALS and frontotemporal dementia

ELA - DFT microestructura - Sant Pau Memory Unit - Barcelona

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) Until a few years ago, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS was considered a neurodegenerative disease that caused a progressive loss of strength with preservation of intellectual functions. However, in recent years we have learned that patients with ALS can frequently present with cognitive and personality changes that … Read more Overlapping microstructural changes in the brain of patients with ALS and frontotemporal dementia

NPTX2: a new biomarker of neuronal dysfunction in adults with Down syndrome

NPTX2 - Down - Belbin - Sant Pau Memory Unit

Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of death in adults with Down syndrome. Thus, there is an urgent need for objective biomarkers that can improve early diagnosis and monitor progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the Down syndrome population. Our recent study, entitled “Cerebrospinal fluid profile of NPTX2 supports role of Alzheimer’s disease-related inhibitory circuit dysfunction … Read more NPTX2: a new biomarker of neuronal dysfunction in adults with Down syndrome

Characterization of the transcriptome of the motor cortex in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Transcriptoma - ELA - Sant Pau Memory Unit - Barcelona

What is the transcriptome and why the motor cortex? The transcriptome is a set of tens of thousands of molecules called RNAs that have a key role in the formation of proteins and, therefore, in the response to pathological processes in the body. On the other hand, the motor cortex is the region of the … Read more Characterization of the transcriptome of the motor cortex in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Publication in The Lancet: natural history of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome

Down - Sant Pau Memory Unit - The Lancet

Publication in The Lancet The Lancet, a world reference journal in Medicine, publishes the article “Clinical and Biomarker changes of Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome: a cross-sectional study“, led by the Alzheimer Down Unit of the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Down Syndrome Catalan Foundation, in collaboration with researchers from the University … Read more Publication in The Lancet: natural history of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome

Circular RNAs in Alzheimer and frontotemporal dementia

Circular RNAs in Alzheimer and frontotemporal - Cervera - Sant Pau Memory Unit

What are circular RNAs? RNAs are a type of molecules present in all human cells. They usually have a linear conformation. However, some species with a ring-like structure have recently been described and named “circular RNAs”, but little is known about their function. Recent studies in the field have reported changes in the levels of … Read more Circular RNAs in Alzheimer and frontotemporal dementia

Now available our review on genetics in neurodegenerative dementias

Genetics - Clarimon - Sant Pau Memory Unit

Although there are other unmodifiable causes of dementia, the existence of family aggregation indicates that genetics play a role to a greater or lesser extent. In recent years, there have been numerous studies that have provided new information that helps to better understand the genetic component in neurodegenerative diseases. Our Research Group, together with researchers … Read more Now available our review on genetics in neurodegenerative dementias