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Application of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Neurodegenerative Disorders 2014

Call for Papers

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and depression are prevalent and devastating illnesses. The World Health Organization estimates that, by 2040, neurodegenerative diseases will surpass cancer as the principal cause of death in industrialized countries. Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by progressive loss of neurons in sensory, motor, and cognitive systems. Despite various advances in the understanding of the diseases, pharmacological treatment by conventional medicine has not obtained satisfactory results. However, recent studies suggest that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a potential candidate for the preventative treatment of the disorders.

Therefore, we invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that provide solid evidence to support the application of CAM in prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We are particularly interested in articles reporting randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trials or revealing the action mechanisms of CAM by using cellular or animal models.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical trials of CAM on prophylactic and/or therapeutic treatments of neurodegenerative disorders
  • Recent applications of CAM in prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders by using cellular or animal models
  • Advances in revealing acting targets of CAM in treating neurodegenerative disorders
  • Advances in identifying active ingredients of medicinal herbs against neurodegenerative disorders
  • Synergistic acting mechanisms among chemical ingredients of medicine herbs
  • Optimization of multiherb prescriptions in treating neurodegenerative disorders
  • Current and prospective strategies of CAM for combating neurodegenerative disorders
Manuscript DueFriday, 26 September 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 19 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 13 February 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Karl Wah-Keung Tsim, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Kelvin Chan, The University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Rudolf Bauer, University of Graz, Graz, Austria