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Brain repair: Moving along

Rosser, Anne Elizabeth ORCID: 2005. Brain repair: Moving along. Brain Research Bulletin 68 (1-2) , pp. 1-3. 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2005.09.006

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Although there have been important advances in our understanding of the underlying pathogenesis of many brain and spinal cord disorders over the last few decades, most remain largely incurable, and thus the ambition to attempt neuronal rescue and brain repair is a pertinent one and remains a major aim of modern neuroscience. Indeed, the development of reparative strategies is a focus for many research groups internationally, some of which interact as part of the “European Network for CNS Transplantation and Repair (NECTAR)”. NECTAR was founded in 1990 with the aim of developing reliable, safe, and ethically acceptable transplantation therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. At this time, the major diseases of interest were Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington's disease (HD), although the organisation is not intended to be disease-specific and there are member groups with interests in other conditions such as spinal cord trauma and multiple sclerosis. NECTAR has fostered interaction between scientists and clinicians in the field of neuronal repair and restoration and has been the background for numerous initiatives to facilitate and guide such research, including the generation of tools for the clinical assessment of surgical interventions in PD and HD [10] and [16], and the generation of ethical guidelines [1]. One forum that NECTAR uses for discussion and exchange of ideas is its annual scientific meeting, which has been, in recent years, held in early December. In this current issue of BRB, papers are presented from the 14th and 15th scientific meetings held in Amsterdam and Brussels, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0361-9230
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 08:28

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