The Medical Research Council (MRC) Prion Unit at University College London (UCL) has highly multidisciplinary research programmes and focuses both on areas of public health concern and a long-term approach to the understanding of prion disease. They include studies of molecular structure, genetics, biochemistry, immunology, cell and animal models, and clinical research including treatment trials. The Unit is developing a blood test for prion protein and has two programmes to develop novel therapies. Understanding prion protein activity is important because it is now known that many neurodegenerative diseases also involve abnormal protein folding and accumulation.
Last updated: 31 March 2022