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Danish researchers map out new brain mechanism

Researchers from Copenhagen University have documented the existence of a previously unknown mechanism in the brain’s most important line of defense, the blood-brain barrier. The new knowledge could have a tremendous impact on the development of pharmaceuticals.

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95 % of all the tested drug substances for the treatment of ailments connected to the central nervous system fail because they are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier.

That’s why the new research from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry at Copenhagen University could turn out to be highly significant for the pharmaceutical industry. Danish companies Lundbeck and Neurosearch are among the companies working with the development of pharmaceuticals for diseases in the central nervous system.

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