The following project proposals are being supported under the 2011 JPND Transnational Call: “Neurodegenerative Diseases – a call for European research projects for the optimisation of biomarkers and harmonisation of their use between clinical centres”

The supported projects are:  (Click on the project title to view more)

BIOMARKAPD: Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Coordinator: Bengt Winblad, Karolinska Institutet Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Sweden

CSFQUIC: Optimisation, harmonisation and standardisation of the analysis of disease-associated prion protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by real-time QuIC (RT-QuIC) in the diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD).

Coordinator: Alison Green, University of Edinburgh/The National CJD Research & Surveillance Unit, United Kingdom

DEMTEST: Biomarker based diagnosis of rapid progressive dementias – optimisation of diagnostic protocols.

Coordinator: Inga Zerr, University Medical Center Göttingen, National Reference Center for TSE

SOPHIA: Sampling and biomarker OPtimization and Harmonization In ALS and other motor neuron diseases.

Coordinator: Leonard H. van den Berg; University Medical Center Utrecht; The Netherlands