ProjectPET-AlphaSy – PET Imaging of Alpha-Synuclein Fibril Formation

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PET Imaging of Alpha-Synuclein Fibril Formation
01/09/2018 to 31/08/2022
Abstract / short description:
Too often, physicians have to rely on a trial and error strategy until the most effective treatment for an individual patient is identified. This leads to a critical loss of time, making the healthcare system ineffective and expensive. In respect to drug development, a high failure rate is apparent at all stages of development and ways to reduce this have high priority for the pharmaceutical industry. To this end, drug development and medicinal treatment need to be more personalized and molecular imaging techniques, in particular Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, can be used to achieve this by 1) evaluating the effectiveness of new treatments emerging from the pharmaceutical industry, 2) improving the ability to diagnose diseases, and 3) aid tailoring the treatment based on individual patient pathology. A limiting factor to develop new effective PET imaging probes is the insufficient number of radiopharmaceutical scientists presently available. Our consortium has assembled 6 radiopharmaceutical frontline academic and 10 non-academic partners to address this problem and train the next generation of radiopharmaceutical scientists. Our training will be focused on an unmet scientific need for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Fibril formation of protein α-synuclein is thought to be the hallmark for PD, but presently, there are no validated PET tracers available for visualization of pathogenic aggregates of this protein. Our scientific goal is to develop such tracer. A successful tracer will have a strong impact on PD-diagnosis and facilitate the development of effective disease modifying treatments. To reach our goals, it is necessary to train our early stage researchers in a highly interdisciplinary fashion spanning from chemistry, over biology, GMP and pharmacy to nuclear medicine.
Radiopharmaceutical sciences
molecular imaging
positron emission tomography, Positronen-Emissions-Tomographie
Parkinson's disease

Involved staff


Faculty of Medicine
University of Tübingen
Cluster of Excellence: Image-Guided and Functionally Instructed Tumor Therapies (iFIT)
Centers or interfaculty scientific institutions

Local organizational units

Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy
Department of Radiology
Hospitals and clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine


Brüssel, Belgium

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