The Laboratory of Molecular neurodegeneration (LMN)

 On June 2010, an open public competition for grants for state support of the scientific researches under the guidance of the leading scientists in Russian universities was organized.

Among the winners of the second wave of the competition in the area of "Medical Science and Technology" was the project of Ilya Bezprozvanniy of St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University. This grant was used to establish The Laboratory of Molecular neurodegeneration (LMN) in the St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University.

 

Bezprozvanniy, Ilya Borisovich - Head of the Laboratory of Molecular neurodegeneration (LMN), mnlabspb@gmail.com, http://www4.utsouthwestern.edu/ilya/
Vlasova Olga Leonardovna - Deputy Head of the Laboratory of Molecular neurodegeneration, olvlasova@yandex.ru,
Plotnikova Polina - Administrator of LMN, plopolina@yandex.ru

 

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's disease (HD) and cerebellar ataxia (CA) are huge medical, social, financial, and scientific problems. The prevalence of these diseases is expected to rise with the aging of the population, and most developed countries now provide special support for the researches in the area of neurodegenerative diseases.

 

In Russia there is a number of laboratories working in this area, such as a laboratory of academician A.A. Makarov at the Institute of Molecular Biology named after V.A. Engelhardt RAS, academician M.V. Ugryumov at the Institute of Developmental Biology named after N.K. Koltsov RAS, corresponding member of RAS A.G. Gabibov at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry named after M.M. Shemyakin, Yu.A. Ovchinnikov from RAS and professor of Moscow State University E.I. Rogaeva. However, despite the existence of the advanced laboratories working in this area, physiological and functional studies in the field of neurodegeneration are underdeveloped in Russia, and particularly in St. Petersburg (all of the laboratories listed above are located in Moscow.)

 

The establishment of the Laboratory of Molecular neurodegeneration at the State Polytechnical University helps to fill the gap in this important area of research. It is expected that the LMN will play an important role in the development and practical application of the achievements of traditionally formidable physiological school of St. Petersburg in the field of advanced issues of modern molecular medicine and neurodegeneration.

 

Members of scientific group working in this project are recruited from the departments of "Physicochemical Foundation of Medicine", "Physicochemical Biology of the Cell" of the Faculty of Medical Physics and Bioengineering and from the department of "Biophysics" of the Faculty of Physics and Mechanics, as well as from institutions of RAS.

 

The Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration of SPbSTU is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (USA), graduate of Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (LPI) in 1988 Ilya Borisovich Bezprozvanny.

 

The organizational structure of LMN

 

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