Research for Rare - Research for rare diseases - Translational Research on Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias

What are Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias?

Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias (HSP) are clinically and genetically highly heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorders primarily affecting the long axons of the corticospinal tract, leading to progressive lower limb spasticity and weakness. Implementation of causal treatment options is hampered by the genetic and pathophysiological heterogeneity that leads to fragmentation of research efforts.

Joint research network: will therefore concentrate its translation-oriented research approach on pathophysiological key pathways of HSP (mitochondrial – ER/microtubule-related – endo-lyso-autophagosomal related) that unify multiple and frequent forms of HSP. To make substantial progress towards implementation of novel therapies will (i) generate a shared infrastructure that provides federated access to clinical data, biological samples and OMICS data for and beyond, (ii) systematically develop and validate outcome parameters for clinical trials including sensor-based, patient- and caregiver-reported as well as molecular outcomes, (iii) use unbiased high-throughput approaches in murine as well as stem cell-derived human models of HSP to identify shared pathways and novel therapeutic targets, and (iv) prioritize drug-repurposing strategies to evaluate novel therapeutic approaches in preclinical trials that promise rapid translatability to human trials.

Experts of are actively involved in the European Reference Network on Neurological Diseases (ERN-RND).

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Schüle
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Neurologische Klinik
Abteilung Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen
Im Neuenheimer Feld 400
69120 Heidelberg
Tel. +49 6221 56-310173
E-Mail: Rebecca.Schuele(at); Rebecca.schuele-freyer(at)

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