Neurodegenerative Diseases: Advances in Understanding Mechanisms and Development of Therapies

A special issue of Pathophysiology (ISSN 1873-149X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 709

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Interests: neurodegeneration; neuroinflammation; rare ocular diseases; immunology

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Guest Editor
Center for Applied Bioinformatics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
Interests: human genetics; cancer genomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) are heterogeneous neurological disorders characterized by the progressive loss of structure or functions of neurons, and they affect millions of people worldwide. Although treatment may relieve some of the neurodegenerative symptoms, there are currently no effective cures. In addition, an understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying some neurodegenerative diseases remains incomplete.

Encouragingly, emerging studies on pathophysiological mechanisms, investigations of toolkits, and the development of new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases are accumulating, refresh all respects of our fundamental understanding of many NDDs. Examples include the brain organoid-on-a-chip system, genomics and epigenetics sequencing techniques, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing, and monoclonal antibodies used as neurological therapeutics. We are almost certainly at the precipice of a historical era in which we may demystify NDDs through achieving a comprehensive understanding of their fundamental mechanisms and thus developing therapies for their treatment.

This Special Issue of Pathophysiology will focus on advances in understanding neurodegenerative diseases and emerging therapies. We are thus seeking research articles and reviews regarding all topics associated with NDD, including genomic or epigenomic risk factors for developing NDD; the immunological mechanisms involved in the development of neuron death; pathological biomarkers for detecting or differentiating NDDs; and emerging tools and therapies for treating NDD.

Dr. Shao-bin Wang
Dr. Zhongshan Cheng
Guest Editors

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  • CNS and peripheral inflammation
  • neuron death
  • CRISPR and gene editing
  • therapeutic antibodies
  • genetic or epigenetic risk

Published Papers

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