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Laboratory of Preclinical Studies in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Head
Grażyna NIEWIADOMSKA

Staff
Anna GĄSIOROWSKA, Anna MIETELSKA (PhD Student), Marcin MAZURKIEWICZ (PhD Student)

Research profile

Neurodegeneration is a common theme of many nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, head trauma, epilepsy and stroke. The incidence of these devastating disorders is increasing rapidly in ageing population and current treatments are inadequate. Our studies concentrate on the degeneration processes in ageing neurons and the reversal of brain dysfunction induced by ageing. We attempt to link cellular and behavioral levels of the brain processes present during physiological and pathological ageing. Our main research interest are the neurochemical and morphological correlates of the basal forebrain cholinergic system in the adult and ageing brain and potential therapeutic effects of neurotrophic factors during ageing or in the neurodegenerative diseases. Currently the team’s main interest is in tau protein involvement in cytoskeletal signaling in animal models - rat and mouse- of neurodegenerative disorders.  

Current research activities

  • cytoskeletal transport in the aging brain: focus on the cholinergic system

  • the septo-hippocampal system, learning and recovery of function

  • development of an animal model for tauopathies using aged rats

  • development of novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases: testing in animal models and assessment of drug safety and pharmacology

Selected publications

Niewiadomska G. Baksalerska-Pazera M. and Riedel G. The septo-hippocampal system, learning and recovery offunction. Progress Neuro-Psychopharm. Biol. Psych. 2007 (in press).

Niewiadomska, G., Baksalerska-Pazera, M., Gasiorowska, A. and Mietelska, A. NGF differentially affects spatial and recognition memory in aged rats. Neurochemical Research, 31(12):1481-1490, 2006.

Niewiadomska G., Baksalerska-Pazera M, Lenarcik l, and Riedel G. Compartmental protein expression ofTau, GSK-3~ and TrkA in cholinergic neurons of aged rats. J Neural Trans 113 (11):1733-1746, 2006.  

Niewiadomska G., Baksalerska-Pazera M. and Riedel G. Cytoskeletal transport in the aging brain: focus on the cholinergic system. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 17(6):581-618, 2006.

Niewiadomska, G., Baksalerska-Pazera, M. and Riedel, G. Altered cellular distribution of phospho- Tau protein s coincides with impaired retro grad e axonal transport of NGF in aged rats. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. Vol. 1048:287-295, 2005.



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