Imagine: Replacing and Repairing Damaged Brain Cells

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016

An image of imagination and discovery

It is possible to gain a better understanding of how the brain repairs itself following brain trauma or injury, believes Dr. Diane Lagace at uOttawa’s uOBMRI.

Dr. Lagace and her team are furthering their comprehension of how stem cells arise, differentiate into neurons (cells of the brain), and integrate themselves into the circuitry of the adult brain. Studies of normal adult brain physiology, as well as models of human disease such as stroke, afford the team insight into the processes at work in neuronal development.

The group is hopeful that clinical applications of their discoveries will include new therapies to repair and replace damaged brain cells, as well as strategies to protect existing cells.

Dr. Lagace’s research falls under the umbrella of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI), Ottawa’s largest collection of basic researchers and clinician scientists focused on brain and mind related health.

Dr. Lagace is just one more researcher at the uOBMRI working to unlock the healing power of the brain. We invite you to come and celebrate with the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine at our 4th annual Gala – Abracadabra: A Night of Magic & Medicine, where we focus on the uOBMRI and its vast team of world-class researchers.

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