Nano Neuro Knitting
Rodents blinded by a severed tract in their brains' visual system had their sight partially restored within weeks, thanks to a tiny biodegradable scaffold invented by MIT bioengineers and neuroscientists.
This technique, which involves giving brain cells an internal matrix on which to regrow, just as ivy grows on a trellis, may one day help patients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and stroke.
The study, which will appear in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the week of March 13-17, is the first that uses nanotechnology to repair and heal the brain and restore function of a damaged brain region.
Text by: Deborah Halber, MIT News Office
More from MIT Video Productions
Added 4 months ago | 00:09:57 | 627 views
Added over 3 years ago | 00:52:07 | 2433 views
Added 3 years ago | 00:30:48 | 3226 views
Added almost 6 years ago | 00:07:02 | 15844 views
Added 3 years ago | 00:02:40 | 3154 views
Added over 7 years ago | 00:04:06 | 27755 views