National Prion Diseases Reference Center

The National Prion Diseases Reference Center (Nationales Referenzzentrum für Prionenerkrankungen, NRPE) registers all human prion diseases in collaboration with the Swiss Societies for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuropathology, and in particular the Federal Department of Health (Bundesamt für Gesundheit, BAG).

Between 1996 and June 28, 2012, 227 cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) were found in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, USA, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Saudi-Arabia. Different experimental and epidemiological studies have confirmed the causal connection between BSE and vCJD. As the Swiss population was significantly exposed to BSE, cases of vCJD may occur here.

NRPE offers diagnostic support for cases in which a TSE is suspected. Please consult the respective web page, at present in German and French only, as well as the link to our research projects.