New discovery could help treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Researchers in Lund, southern Sweden have developed a new brain implant that could help those suffering from neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Today, people with neurological diseases can use implants that help detect signals from different parts of the brain and, in the case of Parkinson’s, help reduce involuntary movements.

However, since the body treats the implant as a foreign object, it does not always work well and it also has a short lifespan. But now, two researchers at the University of Lund in southern Sweden have developed a material that may help improve the implants.

Maria Thereza Perez, an associate professor in experimental ophthalmology, and Christelle Prinz, a researcher in nanophysics have developed the special nano-thread plate and the researchers already know that nerve cells interact well with the new material, Swedish Radio’s local P4 Kristianstad station reports.

“In the long-term, it could mean that these implants work better and are more stable,” said Thereza Perez. She added: “We hope this material can be further developed by those who have the capacity to do so.”