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Regenerating the Ear and the Eye
Regenerating the Ear and the Eye Finnish researchers have designed tiny nano-particles which can deliver a specific drug to cells of the inner ear. Once brought into position, this drug helps to repair damaged cells .
Nanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prostheses
Nanosized diamonds enable progress in retinal prostheses An artificial device in the form of a retinal prosthesis can replace dead photoreceptor cells by electrically stimulating the remaining neurons. Two examples of retinal prostheses are digital camera-type electrode arrays and photodiode arrays .
Prof. Alain Privat: "Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now"
Prof. Alain Privat: "Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now" During the European-funded RESCUE project they also proved that, by cultivating these cells in vitro, they can give not just neuron themselves, but also vitally important glial cells such as oligodendrocytes and astrocytes, which provide nourishment and help to control neuronal activity.
A rescue for spinal cord injuries?
A rescue for spinal cord injuries? Spinal cord injuries cause myelopathy or damage to white matter or myelinated fiber tracts that carry signals to and from the brain. It also damages gray matter in the central part of the spine, causing segmental losses of interneurons and motorneurons.
Tackling Paraplegia
Tackling Paraplegia Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now.