ProjectCentrePD – TWINNING for a Comprehensive Clinical Centre for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

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TWINNING for a Comprehensive Clinical Centre for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
01/03/2016 to 28/02/2019
Abstract / short description:
Unlike other EU member states, Luxembourg lacks a tradition for translation of fundamental research into clinical practice,
which hampers health innovation and its adoption in cutting-edge medicine. During the last years, the Luxembourg
Government made substantial efforts to position biomedicine as a key innovation driver. This highly successful biomedical
initiative placed fundamental research on Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Luxembourg on an internationally competitive level,
however, to realise the economic and health benefits for the population, closing the gap between basic science and clinical
application is now a crucial challenge. CENTRE-PD aims at TWINNING the Universities of Oxford and Tübingen, two
worldwide leading centres for PD, with the University of Luxembourg (UL) to establish a comprehensive clinical PD centre in
Luxembourg. CENTRE-PD will build human and institutional capacity for an excellent centre for diagnosis and treatment of
PD in Luxembourg on the one hand and will ensure sustainability and viability of the centre on the other hand. We expect to
reach key deliverables in three areas: (i) building of new infrastructures at UL (including a prospective PD patient cohort and
at-risk cohort, a brain bank, neuro-imaging and stem-cell platforms, a neuro-stimulation centre and gait laboratory), (ii)
launching of joint research initiatives (harmonised clinical datasets and neuropathological validation, joint biomarker studies
for early diagnosis and stratification of PD, compound screening campaings on patient-based cellular models, and joint
studies on neuro-modulation), and (iii) engaging key stakeholders through clinical and public outreach programmes, training
of clinical researchers and basic scientists, partnerships with industry and initiatives for patient involvement. The external
excellent competence provided through TWINNING will strengthen the potential for future collaborations nationally and
beyond borders, boosting research excellence.
Parkinson's disease
clinical trial
klinische Studie

Involved staff


Faculty of Medicine
University of Tübingen

Local organizational units

Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics
Department of Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine
Hospitals and clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine

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