Neurotoxin exposure is implicated in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Traditionally, vertebrate animals such as rodents and fish have been used for experimental work in neurotoxicology. However, researchers are increasingly turning to invertebrates such as the nematode, C. elegans, for a variety of compelling reasons
May 20th-26th 2019 is National Epilepsy Week! National Epilepsy Week is dedicated to educating the broader community on epilepsy, supporting those who suffer from the condition, and general awareness building in regards to epilepsy and potential treatments. NemaMetrix is dedicated to being part of the solution leading to “a world without epilepsy”. Though there are […]
In 1998, the soil nematode Caenorhabditis elegans became the first multicellular organism of which the genome has been sequenced completely. One surprising result of this approach was that ~65% of the human disease genes have a counterpart in the worm….
Researching chemicals that may cause damage to the nervous system is very challenging—of the 1,000 known toxic chemicals, only a dozen have been found to be toxic, but many unknowns exist. While mammal models remain the primary selection of research labs looking at the effects of metals and certain organic molecules on the brain—especially the […]
Dr. Janis Weeks is the first to admit her career arc has been anything but traditional. The neuroscientist turned parasite researcher and global health advocate fell in love with Africa on her first visit in 1996, while teaching in a neuroscience short-course. Since then her connections with the African continent have grown, including becoming a […]