About ADgut project
Encapsulated probiotic cocktails, which bear the potential to deliver beneficial or modulatory bacteria straight into the gut and may alter the microbiota composition to delay the progression or possibly prevent AD.
Correlating in-vivo brain imaging of the extracellular Aβ-aggregates with 16S rRNA sequencing of fecal sample to reveal the curative impact of probiotic cocktails in longitudinal animal studies.
Characterizing the gut microbiota profile of the faecal samples with a high throughput DNA mapping approach, which serves as a diagnostic and optimization tool for monitoring the efficacy of the proposed therapeutic concept.
The „Go to business“ initiative integrates a multi-level approach and a timeliness with the technology readiness
|FULL TITLE||Alzheimer Disease – gut connection|
|FUNDING SCHEME||Innovation Action (IA)|
|PROJECT FUNDING||€ 5,09 M (grant amount)|
|THEME||Biomaterials for treatment and a prevention of Alzheimer’s disease|
The groundbreaking goal of this research project is to establish a novel therapeutic strategy or approach for the delay and ultimately a disease-modifying therapy for AD. A successful accomplishment of this project will allow the use of novel encapsulated probiotic cocktails for the prevention and therapy of AD, to derive AD risk factors and to establish an objective baseline setting for AD diagnosis. Based on a fast metagenomic reader concept, an opening of new horizons in biomedical diagnostics and personalized medicine through the marketing of these technologies and therapeutic concepts may become true.
Based on our preclinical results, we strongly believe that AD-gut will lay a novel foundation for:
- An improved assessment of AD risk,
- Bearing the potential of an AD screening and diagnosis test, and,
- Providing therapeutic options for AD patients.
The AD-gut project is conceived as a “window into the brain-gut connection” and perfectly matches the P4 MedicineTM paradigm. Therefore, it seeks to devise metagenomic-based diagnostics and probiotic encapsulation schemes aligned to the P4 MedicineTM objectives:
Predictive – the microbiome signature promises to be an early indicator for various diseases. This feature will be used to establish an AD-risk factor and an indicator for starting a preventive probiotic based treatment.
Preventive – If we fully exploit the microbiome signatures, early and differential diagnosis will become available and will enrich the medical instrumentation and therapies. This represents an untapped potential for innovative, non-invasive diagnosis and AD preventive treatments.
Personalized – The microbiome is as rich and as individual as the human genome. There will be no “one drug fits all” solution. Instead, a tight link between a quantitative assessment of the bacteria population and a personalized well-adapted probiotic treatment promises to lead to a beneficial outcome for the patients.
„Go to business“ initiative:
- Encapsulation of probiotic cocktails will be prepared up to a readiness level for clinical testing in cooperation with European pharma or food industry.
- The DNA-mapping concept will be translated into a start-up company at the latest two years after the launch of AD-gut. The Leuven and Lausanne teams have presently a broad patent portfolio ensuring a „Freedom of operation“ for initiating a start-up.
- Ultimately, „Go to business“ is a core intention and will be regularly evaluated in close cooperation with industry or in view of an appropriate start-up launch.
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The following documents are public resources for communicating about the AD-gut project, learning more about the Horizon 2020 programme and identifying the related initiatives.