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Neuroscience Research

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system - one of the major mammalian systems responsible for sustaining life. The central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) work in concert to coordinate basic functions such as moving and breathing, as well as 'higher order' functions including thought, speech and emotion.

Neurological Disease Product Areas

Neuroscience Research Product Areas

Incidence of Neurological Disease

The incidence of degenerative neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, is increasing worldwide. As these diseases are typically associated with advancing age, this increase is partly due to rising life expectancy. However, environmental factors such as pesticide and insecticide use, are being discussed as possible etiologies for these neurodegenerative diseases.

Classification of Disease

Neurological diseases can be classified according to their etiology. They can be caused by:

  • Genetic mutations (e.g. Huntington's disease)
  • Development abnormalities (e.g. spina bifida)
  • Degeneration (e.g. Alzheimer's disease)
  • Diseases of the blood vessels that supply the nervous system (e.g. stroke)
  • Trauma
  • Malignancy
  • Infection (e.g. encephalitis)

At present pharmacological interventions for many neurological diseases, especially the degenerative conditions, are limited and predominantly restricted to alleviation of symptoms. The understanding of the nervous system, and prevention and treatment of neurological disorders represents one of the critical goals of medical research today. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis are currently the focus of intense neuroscience research.

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mGlu Receptors Review

Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors Review

Written by Francine Acher, an expert in the field. Request a copy or view PDF today.

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Dopamine Review

Dopamine Review

Written by Phillip G. Strange and revised by Kim Neve. Request a copy or view PDF today.

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GABA Review

GABA Receptors Review

Written by Ian Martin, Norman Bowery & Susan Dunn. Request a copy or view PDF today.

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Neurobiology of Parkinson's Disease

Written by A. Schapira

Parkinson's Poster

'Neurobiology and Therapeutics of Parkinson's Disease' highlights the neurobiology of Parkinson's disease and summarizes current and novel therapeutic interventions.

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The Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease

Written by Alan Palmer

Alzheimer's Poster

'The Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease' summarizes structural and functional changes observed in the progression of AD.

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Calcium Imbalance and Neuroprotective Targets

Written by E. Besancon et al

Neuroprotection Poster

'Calcium Imbalance and Neuro-protective Targets in Cerebral Ischemia & Brain Injury' highlights the key targets involved in stroke, trauma and neurodegeneration.

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New Product Guide

NPG

Highlights over 130 new products added in the second half of 2013. Request a copy or view PDF today.