Genetic Manipulation for Inherited Neuodegenerative Diseases - Myth or Reality? (slideshow)

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Identifier 20160229_nanos_hottopics1_02-1
Title Genetic Manipulation for Inherited Neuodegenerative Diseases - Myth or Reality? (slideshow)
Creator Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FRCOphth
Subject Gene Therapy, Mitochondrial Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optogenetics, Viral Vector
Description The genetic revolution of the past 25 years has transformed our understanding of the genetic basis of human neurodegenerative diseases. The causative genes for a large number of well-recognised clinical entities have been identified and the pace of discovery will only accelerate further as next-generation whole-genome sequencing becomes routinely available to clinicians. In addition to classical monogenetic diseases with high penetrance, it is now clear that the majority of common late-onset neurodegenerative disorders are heavily determined by a complex cluster of genetic variants, each contributing to the overall risk of developing overt clinical disease, and in some cases having a synergistic deleterious interaction with environmental triggers. Unfortunately, the significant advances made in deciphering the genetic factors that contribute to the underlying neuropathological process have so far resulted in limited therapeutic benefits for patients. A number of factors have contributed to this frustrating translational gap and the challenges that remain are daunting. This review will provide a critical overview of genetic strategies that are being pioneered to halt or reverse disease progression in inherited neurodegenerative diseases. This field of research covers a vast area and only the most promising treatment paradigms will be discussed with a particular focus on inherited eye diseases, which have paved the way for innovative gene therapy paradigms, and mitochondrial diseases, which are currently generating a lot of debate centred on the bioethics of germline manipulation.
Relation is Part of NANOS Annual Meeting 2016: Hot Topics - Today and Tomorrow
Contributor Primary Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FRCOphth
Publisher Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Date 2016-02-29
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Format Creation application/pdf
Holding Institution North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Association. NANOS Executive Office 5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Collection Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Education Library: NOVEL
Language eng
ARK ark:/87278/s6k391jt
Setname ehsl_novel_nam
Date Created 2016-08-02
Date Modified 2016-10-11
ID 185342
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