Research Helps Understanding of PNDs

October 12, 2010

Irish Medical Times

The Irish Medical Times speaks to Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, professor of Neurology, about recent research advances that have led to a better understanding of paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PND). PNDs are autoimmune diseases that occur in response to the presence of cancer somewhere in the body. The cancer cells in paraneoplastic patients express proteins which are normally only made in the brain. These proteins cause the body's immune system to produce anti-bodies in an attempt to suppress the cancer. Unfortunately, these same antibodies can trigger an autoimmune attack on the brain and the body's neuro-logical systems. Read More