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It’s All Connected

Do neurological disorders begin in the brain or elsewhere? Mounting research now points to the enteric nervous system (ENS) – our second brain – in the onset of central nervous system (CNS) disorders like Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The ENS has an extensive connection to the brain and is integral to gastrointestinal function. Some biotech companies, such as Axial Biotherapeutics, are beginning to explore the gut-brain axis for the development of novel therapeutics for diseases and disorders affecting the CNS.  Axial was founded in 2016 to pursue non-traditional approaches to treating CNS diseases by targeting the gut rather than the blood-brain barrier to treat disease.

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