The director of the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville (IBIS) and Professor of Medical Physiology and Biophysics of the University of Seville, José López, who has spoken on the last day of the Summer Course at the University of Malaga (UMA) 'Discovering the brain ', has addressed neurodegenerative diseases, among which Parkinson's and Alzheimer's have stood out, and has stated that although "it is very difficult to get a cure to eradicate these diseases", yes "it will be possible to improve the quality of life of patients, as well as their longevity. "

In the case of Alzheimer's disease, the expert has indicated that the research "has not yet achieved therapeutic approaches as efficient and positive as in Parkinson's," although "it is expected that in the next 15 years there will be very important advances."

The ignorance of the causes that cause these neurodegenerative diseases is "one of the reasons why we still do not have more effective therapies", according to the director of the IBIS, assuring that from this research institute the search for these reasons is prioritized, that allow to make "better pharmacological tools".

Transplanting new cells that "compensate or perform the functions of cells already destroyed by Parkinson's disease" is an alternative that "is already being investigated"

In this regard, López highlighted the cell therapies, which aim to transplant new cells that "compensate or make the functions of cells already destroyed by the disease", as future alternatives that "are already being investigated and tested through clinical tests on animals."

The expert in Physiology has affirmed that IBIS research groups have found mother cells located in the neck and located in the carotid body, which can be used for future therapies against Parkinson's. However, the application of these therapeutic methods to patients is still "very difficult", as López emphasized, since the evolution of these therapies is "slow and complicated" due to the "numerous stages of testing and control at the that they must submit. "

On the other hand, Lopez considers physical exercise and healthy eating as "fundamental" to delay the evolution of Parkinson's disease, and has indicated that "there is no unequivocal demonstration" to ensure the usefulness of antioxidant drugs to slow progress of this disease.


Alternative Therapies in Parkinson's Disease (November 2019).