Parkinson’s Disease Experts Devise a Roadmap for Developing Drugs Targeting Alpha-Synuclein

Issued in conjunction with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, important consensus guidelines for running proof of concept preclinical and clinical trials of drugs targeting alpha-synuclein to slow or arrest the progression of the disease published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

December 20, 2018 - Amsterdam, NL – A recently discovered protein, alpha-synuclein, has become one of the most attractive targets for developing new drugs with the potential to slow down or arrest the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Experts in the field of Parkinson’s research have now proposed a roadmap for preclinical and clinical trials investigating compounds targeting alpha-synuclein. Their consensus white paper is published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. More...

December 20, 2018

Monitoring Lung Function at Home in Teens with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Just Got Easier

Home-based monitoring shows promise as an effective way to boost patient compliance while obtaining reliable clinical information without a hospital visit, according to research published in JND

December 17, 2018 - Amsterdam, NL – Heart and lung complications are responsible for much of the morbidity and mortality associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Although regular monitoring of pulmonary function is recommended in order to detect deterioration, compliance with routine testing, such as hospital-based spirometry, is frequently poor. A new study in the Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases describes the at-home use of a child-compatible, hand-held device that makes monitoring pulmonary function in teens more convenient and provides the data needed for better disease management. More...

December 17, 2018

IOS Press Relaunches StemBook

Open Access Forum For Stem Cell Research |

December 17, 2018 - Amsterdam, NL – IOS Press, an international publisher providing content for scientific, technical and medical communities, is proud to announce the relaunch and revitalization of StemBook, an online open access forum and discussion platform for the stem cell research community. It features a collection of content covering a range of topics related to stem cell biology written by top researchers in the field. The site is being refreshed with new content that will be expanded and updated regularly. Enhanced functionality will also be introduced soon. More...

December 17, 2018

Guiding the Smart Growth of Artificial Intelligence

New study in AI Communications presents an overview of progress on the “Barcelona Declaration for the Proper Development and Usage of Artificial Intelligence in Europe”

December 4, 2018 - A new paper published in AI Communications provides a comprehensive look at the development of an ethical framework, code of conduct, and value-based design methodologies for AI researchers and application developers in Europe. The “Barcelona Declaration for the Proper Development and Usage of Artificial Intelligence in Europe” was launched in the spring of 2017 at the B-Debate event in Barcelona, to stimulate further discussion among policy makers, industry leaders, researchers and application developers on AI’s opportunities and risks in the current “gold rush” environment. More...

December 4, 2018