Stem-cell derived neurons carrying genes encoding light-gated conductances
(credit: J. C. Pina-Crespo et al./Journal of Neuroscience)

Neurons made from stem cells drive brain activity after transplantation

November 21, 2012

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have found a way to stimulate stem cell-derived neurons to direct cognitive function after transplantation to an existing neural network by using optogenetic stimulation — getting us a step closer to using these cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Researchers and patients look forward to the day when stem cells might be used to replace dying brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

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