IMPRiND Project

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IMPRiND full website published today

The IMPRiND full website has been published today. It will be regularly updated with news about the project, results, events etc. Please ...

​IMPRIND partners just published cryo-EM structure of tau filaments at Nature.

IMPRIND partners Anthony Fitzpatrick and Michel Goedert just published cryo-EM structure of tau filaments at Nature. Alzheimer’s disease, ...

IMPRiND website and Twitter account

We are happy to announce that a first IMPRiND website as well as a Twitter account are now available. We will be pleased to update them ...

Blocking aggregate propagation in neurodegenerative diseases


Blocking aggregate propagation in neurodegenerative diseases IMPRiND – Inhibiting Misfolded protein Propagation In Neurodegenerative Diseases – is an international consortium that aims to map and target critical steps in the propagation of misfolded tau and α-synuclein, considered the main culprits of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease respectively. Our plans are built upon:
  • Identify disease-relevant misfolded assemblies, imprint their biological properties in vitro and/or in cellulo and generate homogeneous populations in order to assay and interfere with their pathogenic effects.
  • Develop and miniaturise assays to monitor up-take, secretion, clearance and oligomerisation using bimolecular fluorescence complementation of oligomeric species or transfer of untagged assemblies to fluorescently labelled fibril-naïve cells and measure markers of early proteotoxicity that are suitable for high throughput or high content screens.
  • Perform genetic screens based on disease-relevant gene/protein networks and assess druggability of identified targets.
  • Deliver robust validation assays for these molecular events in complex cellular systems with greater functional resemblance to the native milieu of the brain such as iPSC-based models and organotypic cultures or simple model organisms such as Drosophila or zebrafish.
  • Improve existing animal models in order to standardise pathological readouts for in vivo validation of modifiers, correlate them with novel peripheral or in situ markers using microdialysis to accelerate the assessment of therapeutic interventions and relevance to humans, e.g. by transplantation of human iPSC neurons in animals.
In the IMPRiND consortium, we will construct this entire pipeline to examine the propagation of α-synuclein and tau and test their tractability against disease progression.
IMPRIND started in March 2017 and will run until February 2021.

Latest news

IMPRiND full website published today

The IMPRiND full website has been published today. It will be regularly updated with news about the project, results, events etc. Please ...

IMPRiND website and Twitter account

We are happy to announce that a first IMPRiND website as well as a Twitter account are now available. We will be pleased to update them ...

This project receives funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 116060. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA.

This work is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education‚ Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 17.00038.

The opinions expressed and arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of these funding bodies.