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Adult Neurogenesis: What can new neurons do for you?

February 28, 2011

Amelia Eisch
Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
 
Once thought to be restricted to early mammalian development or to nonmammalian vertebrates like reptiles, adult neurogenesis is now known to occur in mammals, including humans. Dr. Eisch, whose laboratory studies the birth of new neurons in the postnatal and adult brain and their potential links to psychiatric disorders. explains how researchers are trying to harness this remarkable neuroregenerative potential to repair the injured or diseased brain and improve prediction, prevention, and treatment of brain disorders as diverse as Alzheimer's disease, depression, and even addiction.

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