Parkinson’s Disease Overview

Parkinson's disease (PD), also known as idiopathic or primary parkinsonism, hypokinetic rigid syndrome, or paralysis agitans, is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system.

The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain.

Structural Organization of a Molecular Motor

Findings Could Help Shed Light on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and Other Diseases.

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has determined the basic structural organization of a molecular motor that hauls cargoes and performs other critical functions within cells.

Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 3/9/15

Magnetic brain stimulation

New technique could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections.

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without the need for implants or external connections.

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