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DZNE, MRC and CIHR cooperation: Milestone for research on neurodegenerative diseases
Date:6/11/2010

Representatives of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the UK Medical Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research today signed a cooperation agreement that aims to establish and apply harmonized guidelines and technologies for research on neurodegenerative diseases. At the signing of the agreement, the representatives of the German, British and Canadian governments emphasized the importance of international cooperation in tackling the challenges presented by an aging society.

All three cooperation partners possess special expertise in various fields ranging from basic to clinical research. The DZNE can contribute special know-how in the area of biomarkers and clinical studies. Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director and Chairman of the Executive Board at the DZNE, is thrilled that the institution can contribute to the effort: "This cooperation is of great importance for German research on neurodegenerative diseases. We hope to be able to contribute our expertise to develop new strategies to preventing and curing these diseases." Prof. Nicotera emphasised that common technological platforms and the international standardisation of approaches are crucial to facilitating the transfer of fundamental discoveries into patient benefits.

To ensure that the results are applied in clinics as soon as possible, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has tasked the DZNE with working closely with university hospitals all over Germany. "The DZNE has intensified research on neurodegenerative diseases in Germany, improved the coordination of efforts and ensured that research is aligned with the requirements of clinical practice," said Dr Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMBF. But he pointed out that international partnerships are needed to solve the scientific and clinical issues regarding dementia. "Therefore we wholeheartedly applaud the pooling of resources across borders
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Contact: Sonja Juelich-Abbas
sonja.juelich-abbas@dzne.de
49-172-283-8930
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert

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