Interest in stem cell biology has exploded over the last few years due to the remarkable potential they hold as a source of tissue for in vitro studies, and repairing damaged tissues following disease or trauma. Simultaneously, breakthrough research on the human brain has shown that that brain tissue may be far more "plastic" than we ever imagined.
The Waisman Center's new Stem Cell Research Program is committed to exploring the potential of stem cells in the context of this new image of the human brain, with the ultimate goal of developing innovative approaches to treating neurological disease. Our new program involves research on multiple scientific tracks in tandem, including research involving neural stem cells derived from several different sources, such as fetal tissue and embryonic stem cells. Our new scientists are collaborating with our growing program in gene therapy research exploring the potential of combining stem cell and gene therapy to repair and recover function in diseases as diverse as Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological and developmental disorders.