A new series by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) is helping healthcare professionals stay up to date with the latest research into a range of debilitating neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia.

The series, titled Protein Misfolding Diseases and Neurodegeneration: From Experimental Approach to Clinical Therapy, is coordinated by the Division of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at WCM-Q and features online webinars presented by leading medical researchers.

The course director is WCM-Q Assistant Professor of Biology Dr Ali Chaari, an expert in the role of amyloid proteins in the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Opening lecture by Professor Tiago Fleming Outeiro

The first instalment of the series was presented by Professor Tiago Fleming Outeiro, Director of the Department of Experimental Neurodegeneration at the University Medical Center in Göttingen, Germany.

Professor Tiago Fleming Outeiro spoke about the molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases during the first instalment of the new webinar series at WCM-Q.

Professor Outeiro gave a presentation on The Molecular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: From Bench to Bedside in which he discussed the role of protein aggregation in neurodegeneration, and defined targets for therapeutic intervention in various neurodegenerative diseases.

He explained how to identify molecular alterations in synucleinopathies, a group of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy, which are characterised by abnormal accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein in neurons, nerve fibres or glial cells (non-neuronal cells which nourish and protect the neurons).

Professor Outeiro said that it was an honour to give the opening lecture in the webinar series.

I find the topic of the webinar series extremely timely, and I believe that the discussions resulting from the webinars will not only contribute to the training of junior scientists but will also enable high-level discussions with the community interested in neurodegenerative diseases.

Registration for the next webinar in the series, Disease Modification in Parkinson’s Disease: An Update, is now open. The webinar series is accredited locally by the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Healthcare Professions – Accreditation Section and by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Visit qatar-weill.cornell.edu for updates on the webinar series. 

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