A rendering of the new DZNE facility in Germany

Neuroscience Center Launched in Germany

Dr. Michael Rugg delivered a talk at the opening symposium of a newly created federal research center for neurodegenerative diseases in Germany in February. The center is one of nine that are being set up across Germany under a major initiative to stimulate research into age-related disorders.

The opening symposium for the Deutsches Zentrum fur Neurodegenerative Ekrankungen research center (DZNE or the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) took place over two days at the end of February in Magdeburg, Germany.

The DZNE site in Magdeburg houses 80 scientists from ten nations involved in studying neurodegenerative diseases. A new building at the Magdeburg University Hospital has been dedicated to work similar to what is being done by the CVL. DZNE Magdeburg has provided space for MRI-PET imaging for training studies, as well as biomedical laboratories.

At DZNE Magdeburg, researchers are analyzing how physical activity and certain cognitive tasks improve memory function in the elderly, and perhaps delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, DZNE scientists study how these processes can be stimulated and supported by medication.

The work is considered particularly relevant for regions of Germany that are seeing an exodus of young people to metropolitan areas, leaving behind an older population that is vulnerable to cognitive decline, Dr. Rugg says.