Jul 2016

Will stem cells repair damaged brains?

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Is it possible that stem cells will some day repair brain tissue damaged by tumours, epilepsy or injuries?

The Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine and the Ontario Brain Institute are hosting a free public event Tuesday, July 12 to shed light on possibilities, provide information on stem cell research and discuss realistically what the future holds. It begins at  6:30 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library and features  neuroscientist/researcher Dr. Cindi Morshead of the University of Toronto and neurosurgeon/researcher Dr. Michael Fehlings of University Health Network.

This is an area where Canadian researchers excel: neural stem cells were discovered in Canada by Dr. Sam Weiss at the University of Calgary.  Research into the use of stem cells to regenerate damaged brain cells is in the early stages, but has many potential applications for neurological diseases and damage including stroke and spinal cord repair.

Admission is free but space is limited. For more information, and to register click here.

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