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Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Reading Time: 5 minutes Despite the winter chill, there is a warm fuzzy feeling today with the news of a paper published in the journal ‘Brain’ by an MND Association funded Research Fellow, Dr Scott Allen. Based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), Dr Allen was awarded a Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship by the Association in 2016,…

Stem cells and growth factors: from bench to bedside

Reading Time: 4 minutes After a brilliant first day at ENCALS, which included a talk by Dr Johannes Brettschneider, the second day began with a talk by Thierry Latran Speaker Prof Clive Svendsen (Director of the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute) arriving directly from attending at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Symposium. Prof Svendsen gave a riveting talk to over…

Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Symposium

Reading Time: 5 minutes The sun was (uncharacteristically!) shining on Edinburgh last week for a symposium to celebrate the launch of the new Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. The clinic, which opened to patients earlier this year, was founded following a donation by the author JK Rowling, in memory of her mother, who died from complications related to multiple sclerosis…

Stem cell conference part four: Laying the foundations for future stem cell clinical trials

Reading Time: 2 minutes The remainder of the morning covered some of the preclinical research that has laid the foundations for current and forthcoming clinicalstudies. Prof Clive Svendsen, from University Wisconsin-Madison, gave an overview of the strategy that helped lay the foundations for the current Neuralstem trial. This strategy involves the implantation of support cells (astrocytes) into the spinal cord. These astrocytes produce important nourishing (neurotrophic) factors…