SfN17: Neurodegeneration and the microbiome – new research highlights

Written by Lauren Pulling, Editor

New research presented today at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference, Neuroscience (Washington DC, USA; 11–15 November 2017), has indicated a role for the microbiome in neurodegenerative disease and pointed towards new treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases (PD and AD, respectively). Speaking about five key studies highlighted by the Society (summarized below), Tracy Bale (University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA) said: “The results presented today add to the growing body of evidence showing the influence of the gut on the brain and the crucial relationship between the two. Targeting the gut introduces a different and promising angle...

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