CCDR: Volume 41-8, August 6, 2015: Protein misfolding disorders

Inside this issue: Protein misfolding disorders

This issue explores a rapidly developing area of research: protein misfolding disorders. It was once thought that prions, which cause protein misfolding in “Mad Cow Disease” and other forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), represented a unique disease process. It is now becoming apparent that “prion-like” disorders may be linked to a number of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Read the first published surveillance report on CJD in Canada, and learn about advances in both diagnostics and future therapies.

Table of contents

Surveillance
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease mortality in Canada, 1998 to 2013
Coulthart MB, Jansen GH, Connolly T, D’Amour R, Kruse J, Lynch J et al.

Innovation
A new diagnostic test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: Real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC)
Godal D, Simon SL, Cheng K, Knox JD

Commentary
Propagated protein misfolding: New opportunities for therapeutics, new public health risk
Cashman NR

ID News
Protein misfolding

Upcoming conferences/education

August 24-26, 2015: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, United States.

September 17-21, 2015: Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). San Diego, United States.

November 11-13, 2015: European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE). Stockholm, Sweden.

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