Translational research aims at filling the gap that often exists between basic research discoveries and their application in medicine.

Translational research addresses the challenge of applying new discoveries into innovative techniques and tools for diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Basic, translational and clinical research are complementary disciplines of biomedical sciences. Whilst translational research ensures that new basic research findings progress into clinical validation, clinical research raises the appropriate questions to basic researchers. In the interest of patients, the focus of biomedical research is threfore channeled on validated therapeutic targets, disease models and read-outs.

In this respect, the LBN offers the advantage of being embedded within a center of excellence for the cure of neurological disorders and has access to the clinical trial unit of the center. The LBN has established a reciprocal fostering between clinician-initiated basic research and translation of basic findings into new effective therapies to prevent and treat disease as well as innovative early diagnostic measures.

The vision of the LBN is to improve the understanding of human neurodegenerative disorders and significantly advance medical practice to alleviate the suffering of patients, family and caregivers.

Our studies are aimed at the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the initiation, progression and consequences of motor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.