New imaging technique may shed light on neurodegenerative disease

Chemist Dr Steven Lee's latest research

A new super-resolution imaging technique developed by Sidney Fellow in Natural Sciences Dr Steven Lee and colleagues has been attracting media attention. With the development of the technique, recently reported in the journal Nature Communications, the team, which also includes College Teaching Associate and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences Rohan Ranasinghe, has been able to observe important changes to the surface chemistry of proteins at the nanoscale.

These proteins are specifically implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzeheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. Research leader Dr Lee has explained the potential impact of the research to the University of Cambridge's Research News website. These have been picked up by The Daily Express, which highlights the potential use of the technique to develop medicines to target the proteins linked to such diseases.

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This is an archived news story first posted in November, 2016

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