News       Events               CHITIN

 

The 2021 Call of the EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) Is Open

JPND has announced a new joint transnational call inviting multi-national research teams to submit proposals for ambitious, innovative and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects aimed at identifying and measuring pre-diagnostic physiological effects and related biomarkers that can be linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

One of the major limitations of neurodegenerative diseases is their sneaky sub-clinical course that can last for years before the first symptoms appear. Very often, clinicians have noticed a posteriori that these symptoms had been preceded many years before by disturbances of major physiological functions. Thus bringing together research forces in Europe and beyond through JPND will allow us to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of the appearance of neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, this will help to identify early indicators of their occurrence before the neuronal potential is too altered, facilitating the implementation of treatments.” says Professor Philippe Amouyel, Chair of the JPND Management Board.

Proposals submitted under this call must focus on one or several of the following neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and PD-related disorders, prion diseases, motor-neuron diseases, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxia and spinal muscular atrophy. JPND is committed to Patient and Public Involvement, and proposals are expected to engage patients, carers and the public.

In addition, proposals must focus on one or several of the following research areas:

  • Demonstrating the relationship between early neurodegenerative processes and physiological disturbances,
  • Applying cutting-edge methods or technologies to improve the detection of early symptoms, 
  • Human or animal studies to decipher the neurodegeneration-derived processes causing early disease-specific signatures, 
  • Using digital technologies to link recognisable symptoms to physiological changes associated to neurodegeneration, 
  • Relating prognostic signs of disease with real-life measurement of physiological disturbances using home-monitoring and/or wearable devices, including wireless sensors for patient monitoring.

Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than 15:00h C.E.T. on March 2, 2021.

For more information about the call, please click here.