Dr Anna King
University of Tasmania
Axon degeneration and axon protection in CNS disease and injury
National Health and Medical Research Council
One of the major reasons for the clinical symptoms of neurological diseases such as Alzheimers disease and Motor Neuron Disease is the loss of connections between the nerve cells. Nerve cells are connected by specialized processes called axons. In disease these processes can breakdown. This project specifically looks at how axons break down in disease and tests therapeutic strategies to protect them.