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Alzheimers vs. Mad Cow Disease

Neurodegenerative diseases are currently creating a heavy burden on our society and economy, and with the aging population this is not going to get any better. 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or other dementia; more than 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson's disease. Despite advancements in technology and medicine, the terrifying truth is that more often than not: we don’t know what is going on.

But there are some neurodegenerative diseases that are even more mysterious: prion diseases. In the early 90s, the human Creutzfeld Jakob Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or more commonly known as the Mad Cow Disease) caused a massive wave of fear across the world as people died of a mysterious, incurable, rapidly degenerating encephalopathy. These are caused by prions, a misfolded protein unlike any other infectious agent.

Now, research is suggesting that prion-like proteins and mechanisms are responsible for the most common neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. But does that mean we should be worried? Does this put us closer to a cure? What does this mean for the future?

Join us and let Professor Stephen Davis (one of the best lecturers at UCL) enlighten you with the curious but frightening nature of prions!

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