Neurological project funded

A three-year research collaboration involving tertiary institutions in Dunedin and Shanghai could open the door to earlier detection of Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.

The joint project between researchers from the University of Otago and the Shanghai Mental Health Centre has been awarded $NZ109,200 (RMB500,000) in funding by the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.

The money will allow Prof Wang Jijun, from the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, and Associate Prof Liu Ping, from the University of Otago's anatomy department, to study the identification and verification of biomarkers for Alzheimer's and psychosis.

The project could have "significant impacts'' on early detection, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention in Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, Prof Liu said.

The funding was also the result of a memorandum of understanding signed between Enterprise Dunedin and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission in 2016.

 

Comments

Early detection of Alzheimer's, a neurological condition, and major mental illness (biochemical causes in the main).

Will that lead to eventual routine screening for both, and will the procedures be medically invasive?

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter