Age-related neurodegenerative disorders represent a considerable medical and economic challenge for the health care sector. However, drug development for neurodegenerative disorders is severely hampered by a lack of predictive test systems in the preclinical phase.
To address this need, the EUREKA-Eurostars initiative of the European Union approved a project grant to E-PHY-SCIENCE in Valbonne, France, CeGaT GmbH in Tübingen, Germany and the NMI at the University of Tübingen. The project aims at the development of novel drug test systems for Alzheimer’s disease. A new animal model, an in vitro test system and a new diagnostic test will be generated by combining an established genetic animal model for Alzheimer’s disease with another animal model for age-dependent mitochondrial impairment.
The partners expect a considerable improvement over current drug test systems for age-dependent neurodegeneration which will speed up the validation of novel treatments.