Speaker : 

Dr Adam Walker

Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Title: "Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in motor neuron disease and frontotemporal dementia"

Abstract: Pathology formed by the RNA-binding protein TDP-43 is the primary hallmark of disease in almost all cases of motor neuron disease (MND) and approximately half of all cases of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In disease, TDP-43 relocates from the nucleus and accumulates in the cytoplasm, where it is extensively post-translationally modified and aggregates to form characteristic intracellular inclusions. There is remarkable heterogeneity in the structure and distribution of TDP-43 inclusions in disease, and how TDP-43 aggregation causes neurodegeneration remains unclear. In this presentation, I will discuss recent studies in my laboratory using cell and mouse models of TDP-43 pathology coupled with biochemistry, proteomics and whole-genome CRISPR screening approaches aimed towards identifying mechanisms involved in TDP-43-associated neurodegeneration and characterising potential targets for future therapeutic development for people living with MND and FTD.


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Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

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