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Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Race Against Dementia Associate Fellow

Geneva University Hospital

Dr Rahel Park supports a Race Against Dementia International Hub project with Geneva University Hospital investigating normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) – the leading cause of reversible dementia in aging.

NPH is caused by altered cerebrospinal fluid dynamics bringing about increased cerebrospinal fluid in the lateral ventricles, distortion of brain tissue, with ensuing neurological symptoms. However, the precise aetiology and pathophysiology of idiopathic type NPH largely remains unclear.

Gut bacteria have been shown to play a role among others in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Rahel is now investigating potential links between gut microbiome composition and its metabolites and the pathophysiology of NPH.

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