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Disorders and Diseases of the Nervous System 
Research at PCOM

Disorders and diseases of the nervous system have a profound impact on the quality of life of affected individuals and their families.

Nervous System Research at PCOM

PCOM researchers study a number of neurological and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, spinal bulbar muscular atrophy, traumatic injury, brain cancer, seizures, ataxia, metal toxicity, frontotemporal dementia, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The purpose of their work is to identify factors that affect the development, function, regeneration and pathogenesis of nervous tissue. Novel approaches to imaging, diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of the nervous system are under development.

Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) at PCOM

PCOM's Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) is a collaborative research initiative focusing on neurodegenerative diseases and health conditions related to aging. There is renewed interest in determining what causes chronic disease and why the aging process appears to promote an increase in these types of diseases. The CCDA aims to investigate common features of disease processes and hopefully find better treatments and prevention techniques.

PCOM's Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) hosted a free virtual Alzheimer’s disease symposium aimed to bring together experts in various fields of neurodegenerative disease research.

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Virtual Symposium Explores Causes of Alzheimer's Disease portrait

PCOM medical student Jade McLain, DO '22, explored if neurodegenerative diseases share pathology beginning with tau hyperphosphorylation and subsequent accumulation in neural tissues. Her work focused on determining if a correlation exists between glucose manipulation, DHEA administration and tau hyperphosphorylation by utilizing rat hippocampal astrocytes as an experimental model.

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Jade McLain, DO '22, Studies Neurodegenerative Disease Origins portrait

Brian Balin, PhD, and co-author Alan Hudson, PhD, call for more funding in the rapidly growing area of nervous system research to determine if antimicrobial agents could be an effective strategy for treating a Alzheimer's – a disease that has had very little success with therapeutics.

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Balin Publishes in Lancet Neurology Journal portrait

Dr. Brian Balin joined the “Better Living with Lin Tatum” radio show in Atlanta to explain that physical exercise is the number one preventive factor in reducing mental changes and cognitive impairment, followed closely by nutrition.

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Balin Explains Exercise, Nutrition Key to Longer, Healthier Lives portrait

Research at PCOM

PCOM aims to develop innovative approaches to promoting health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, education and community research projects.