Neurodegenerative diseases or disorders are sporadic and hereditary conditions manifested by progressive dysfunctions of the nervous system. In essence, nervous system cells (neurons) begin to deteriorate and this deterioration results in the abnormal function of the cells and eventually in cell death. Initially, individuals may experience mild symptoms, but as the neurons continue to deteriorate in greater numbers, the symptoms get progressively worse, and many of these diseases are fatal. Neurodegenerative diseases are not just devastating to the patients affected, but also to the families supporting the affected individuals.
Since neurodegenerative diseases have many similarities on a sub-cellular level, CAN’s multidisciplinary team is uniquely positioned to study the genetic mutations causing neurodegeneration. Our aim is to develop strategies for early detection and new treatments, thus enhancing the quality of life for patients and families.