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Stem cell clinical trial news: Check out a new article, “Science, Stem Cells and Serendipity
," about Aileen Anderson and her husband Brian Cummings. They are neuroscientists at the Reeve-Irvine Center at the University of California, Irvine, and their work is behind the only clinical trial at this time involving stem cells and chronic spinal cord injury. Read More
It’s NeuroRecovery Network month at the Reeve Foundation. If you haven’t already, please go to this landing page
to learn more about the program, its community based centers and to hear some compelling stories of success. Read More
Next time you are about to swat a fruit fly, consider this: the common fly is one of the best tools we have for studying disease. About 75 percent of known human disease genes have a match in the genome of flies; half of fly proteins that have been sequenced have mammalian homologs, which you might think of as identical blueprints.
The lowly fly has been well studied for over 100 years, and is the center of much work on neurodegenerative disease and trauma, including Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, as well as spinal cord injury. Read More
Neuroscientist Michael Sofroniew is a basic biologist whose work is focused on how the cellular anatomy of the spinal cord is affected by trauma. Some cells are wiped out; others change or adapt. In particular, Sofroniew looks at astrocytes and their relationship to scar formation; he hopes to manipulate these cells using molecules that might have therapeutic potential.
The following interview was held recently at Sofroniew’s office on the campus of UCLA. Read More