Research area Genetics

Gene hunters at work

Research Area Genetics

Unraveling the genetic roots of brain diseases


Genome refers to the complete set of DNA, including all of an organism’s genes and their functions. The branch of molecular biology that studies the entire genome of an organism, including its genes and their functions is called ‘genomics’.
In the context of epilepsy, researchers collaborate with scientists and clinicians worldwide to investigate the genetic origin of epilepsy, particularly of those types that are resistant to current therapy or that are common. Collaborating with scientists and clinicians worldwide, our researchers perform genetic analysis, also called ‘DNA sequencing’, of affected families or groups of patients. Understanding which genes are affected allows to divide patients in subgroups that go beyond mere clinical differences and to subsequently develop new specific therapies.
When it comes to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, most cases are sporadic, but some can be attributed to genetic mutations. Researchers at the University of Luxembourg are studying the link between genetics and Parkinson’s disease to better understand its causes, improve early detection and develop new therapies.

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