Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which primarily affect the neurons in the human brain. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease and many millions of people are affected. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and spinal cord. Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die they cannot be replaced by the body.
- What happens to the brain when it is affected by a neurodegenerative condition?;
- The role of stem cell technology in the area; and
- The development of new mechanisms and therapeutic approaches for individuals affected.