Findings

Stem cell transplant shows promise for spinal cord repair

For the first time, Yale scientists have transplanted stem cells from an adult primate brain to repair the insulating sheath surrounding spinal cord axons in the same animal. These results, reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November, raise hopes that patients’ own stem cells might one day be used to help them recover from spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis.For the experiment, which was directed by Jeffery D. Kocsis, Ph.D., professor of neurology and neurobiology, a small quantity of cells was removed from the subventrical zone in the frontal lobe. The neural precursor, or stem, cells were then cloned...

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Antidepressants shown to promote new cell growth in the hippocampus

Continued use of antidepressants leads to new cell growth in an area of the brain known to suffer...

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Probing the genetic basis of emphysema

In separate studies, Yale researchers have demonstrated that the genes that code for interleuken-13...

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Estrogen deprivation associated with loss of dopamine cells

Estrogen deprivation leads to the death of dopamine cells in the brain, a finding by Yale...

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