About the project:
The gastrointestinal tract in humans is one of the largest interfaces between the host and the environment. Different bacteria in the gut have been linked with longevity and healthy ageing. However, some of these bacteria can cause activation of the body’s immune system, which has the potential to cause harm. Research has shown that activation of the immune system is linked with developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) later in life. This project will apply cutting edge measurement of gut bacteria genes from older people with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia with Lewy bodies. Alongside our commercial partner, TopMD, we will combine the predictive power of gut bacteria genes and blood gene expression signatures with the aim to develop the first ever combined test of gut bacteria and genes that will be used to help diagnose brain diseases.
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