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08/31/15 - Overlooked for 30 years: a new kid on the block

A team led by Christian Haass has identified a novel peptide that plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease: The previously overlooked eta-amyloid interferes with neuronal function and may antogonize beta-amyloid – a finding that has implications for ongoing clinical trials.

08/27/15 - Mystery of polar bear Knut’s disease finally solved

The polar bear suffered from an autoimmune disease of the brain. This non-infectious illness is called “anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis”, with symptoms in human patients similar to those displayed by Knut. Knut is the first wild or domestic animal in which this form of encephalitis has been demonstrated. DZNE scientist report on this in the journal “Scientific Reports”.