Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

The 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Neurology

A history for 50 years of the prion disease research

Tetsuyuki Kitamoto

Department of Prion Protein Research, Center for Translational and Advanced Animal Research on Human Diseases, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine

The history of the research of the prion disease is consolidated in 50 years after the Japanese neurology association starts. It was proven that it was an infectious disease from kuru that was a local disease of New Guinea, explained how CJD, the scariest disease for a neurologist, had come to be called a prion disease, and even a newly emerging prion disease referred in the future.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 49: 936|938, 2009)
key words: kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prion, SAF, BSE

(Received: 22-May-09)