AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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3-D Technology Enriches Human Nerve Cells for Transplant to Brain

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Improves potential to help Parkinson’s, other degenerative diseases

Scientists have developed a 3-D micro-scaffold technology that will promote the reprogramming of stem cells into neurons which will support the growth of more neuronal connections of transmitting electrical signals. This technology is very promising based on the cells being functioning neural cells compared to individual cells. These new cells could make transplantation of neurons a viable treatment for a broad range of human neurodegenerative disorders. “Working together, the stem cell biologists and the biomaterials experts developed a system capable of shuttling neural cells through the demanding journey of transplantation and engraftment into host brain tissue,” said Rosemarie Hunziker, PhD, director of the NIBIB Program in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. “This exacting work was made possible by the close collaboration of experts in a wide range of disciplines.” To read more on this study, click here

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