Title of project or programme

Advanced gene therapy tools for treatment of CNS-specific disorders (NEUGENE)

Principal Investigators of project/programme grant
Title Forname Surname Institution Country
Professor Mathias UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN – GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN – STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS Germany
Address of institution of lead PI
Institution UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN – GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN – STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Street Address
City
Postcode
Country

Germany

Source of funding information

European Commission

Total sum awarded (Euro)

3000000

Start date of award

01-10-2008

Total duration of award in months

36

The project/programme is most relevant to
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Neurodegenerative disease in general
Keywords
Research abstract in English

Curative therapies still do not exist for most CNS diseases but gene therapy is a promising new approach. We propose that it will be possible to modify brain function and pathophysiology by targeted delivery of specific curative factors to selected populations of brain cells that are affected by disease. This opens the door for effective treatment regimes, which can be tailored to individual patients needs.

However, currently available gene transfer vectors have limitations regarding safety and efficacy, as they do not allow for targeting of specific populations of neurons or glia or regulation of transgene expression. The NEUGENE consortium has been founded by leading European scientists from academia and industry to overcome these limitations. The consortium will develop Adeno-associated virus (AAV) and Lentivirus (LV)- based tools for targeted and regulated gene transfer into different populations of CNS cells. The consortium will provide a selection of vectors that are optimized for different therapeutic approaches, e.g. regulated expression of neurotrophic factors or manipulation of neurotransmitter synthesis in specific neurons.

Lay summary

Types: Investments > €500k
Member States: Germany
Diseases: Neurodegenerative disease in general, Parkinson's disease & PD-related disorders
Years: 2011
Database Categories: N/A
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